Via Carolina, Orchestral Ouverture, Op. 71
2,2,2,2 - 4,2,2,1 - timp - perc (2) - harp - strings
Premiere: 14.02.2017 in Nuremberg, conductor: Miriam Němcová, Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
A word to the program:
"The orchestral overture Via Carolina was composed on the occasion of the Prague Conservatory's collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, which was initiated by Guido Johannes Rumstadt in 2016. The title of the composition refers to the medieval trade route Via Carolina. It connected not only the two beautiful cities of Prague and Nuremberg, but also both countries. At that time, they were part of one political entity. The composition is a celebration of this solidarity of two beautiful European cities, whose history was closely intertwined, especially in the times of Charles IV, and at the same time a celebration of today's European solidarity. It is not a program music, yet we can hear in the opening theme, which returns twice in the course of the composition, something like a story from the "old days", in the fast parts the active business activity that the Via Carolina has made possible, or the royal Majesty in the slow part, which hovers over it, whose theme the piece ends, because the Emperor has the last word. And this word speaks to our present."