Sunday night with Juliette. From Bohuslav Martinů, not Marquis de Sade. The hero Michel, who makes his living by selling books, lives imprisoned in the dream-world. Sounds familiar. Performed by National Theater Brno. Surrealistic, dramatic and haunting experience. In 2009 we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.
„As a Czech I am in a practical sense a man without a country. It is one of few blessings left in life to find at least one place in the world where freedom exists for the artist and his art to survive. I cannot tell you what it means to have the privilege of being here in America with you.“
„There seems to be three (major influences on my work). First, I would say the national music of my own country, Czechoslovakia. The second comes from the English madrigal and third from Debussy.“