Toccata chromatica - Jan Novák

Jan Novák - Toccata chromatica

Ever since the Renaissance period, the form of the toccata has been known as a virtuoso instrumental piece par excellence. This composition by Jan Novák belongs – alongside Chatschaturjan’s, Prokofiev’s or Bohuslav Martinu’s toccatas – among significant piano works of the 20th century.

Toccata Chromatica is an early work that the author composed in 1959 and dedicated to his wife, the pianist Eliška Nováková. In spite of this, however, it begins with a dedication of a different kind: the first notes are B-A-C-H (B-flat A C B). Apart from 12-tone-system based flamboyant passages of masterful playfulness, there are also lyrical contrasts to be found in the score that allude to the dedicatee...

Other compositions by Jan Novák published in Czech Radio:
Capriccio - score
Capriccio - piano score
Dido / piano score
Due preludi e fughe per flauto solo
Elegantiae tripudiorum
Elegantiae tripudiorum for Piano
IV Hymni christiani
Choreae vernales for Flute and Guitar
Choreae vernales for Flute and Piano
Choreae vernales for Flute, String Orchestra and Harp with Celesta or Piano
Odarum concentus choro fidium
Panisci fistula
Prima sonata
Scherzi pastorali for Clarinet (or Bass Clarinet) and Piano
Sonata brevis
Sonata da chiesa II for Flute and Organ
Sonata tribus
Sonatina for Flute and Piano
Strepitus festivi for Four French Horns
Tibia fugitiva
Variations on the theme by Bohuslav Martinů

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