Miroslav Raichl is one of the important Czech composers of the 2nd half of the 20th century. He studied under Pavel Bořkovec at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the stayed on as a postgraduate student of the arts under Václav Dobiáš.
His compositional style was formed in relationship to the traditional basis and legacy of the classics of the 1st half of the 20th century. His work encroaches as it were into all areas – ranging from large forms (opera and symphony) to songs, chorales and smaller chamber compositions.
Raichl mainly gained a significant level of renown among professional critics for his second symphony from 1960. A distinctive element of Raichl’s compositional statement was above all his characteristic melodic inventiveness, thanks to which he mainly excelled in vocal works, which make up the most numerous element of his creative legacy.
Songs, chorales – and especially compositions for children’s choirs – are still part of the basic repertoire of domestic and foreign choirs: we need only mention titles such as Ten songs from Jenda Benda’s Record player, Rhymed Cachalots and other Animals, One over the Other, An Amusing Theory and Songs for Our Doggie etc. Raichl gladly worked with folk songs – in part adapting the original tunes although more frequently setting the texts of folk poetry to new music.
Titles for sale:
A Swan has flown over here
Songs on folk poetry from Bohemia and Moravia
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