Air - Jiří Hlaváč
Air for Clarinet and Piano was written in 2013 for Třeboň and is inspired by genius loci of the town. Not only by its history, scenery, architecture, but also a living presence.
Jiří Hlaváč was a co-founder and for many years also a dramaturgist of the international music festival Třeboňská nokturna (Třeboň Nocturnes). For an artistic support of cultural activities of the town he was awarded a honorary citizenship of the town of Třeboň in 2013. Air is composer’s small musical acknowledgement for this honour.
The composition was premiered in Třeboň on 23 January 2014 featuring Jana Černohouzová /clarinet/ and Daniel Wiesner /piano/. In the same year the author composed also clarinet quartet version for Five Star Clarinet Quartet. Since then the composition has been performed many times, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.