The mystique of the coronation in Hvězda Summer Palace

The mystique of the coronation

Celebration of Czech saints at the Hvězda Summer Palace

12 April 2024, 7.00 pm
Hvězda Summer Palace, Prague 6


Hana BLAŽÍKOVÁ | soprano, gothic harp
Barbora KABÁTKOVÁ | soprano, psalterium
Vojtěch SEMERÁD | tenor, artistic director
Ondřej HOLUB | tenor
Jaromír NOSEK | bass
Jakub KYDLÍČEK | recorders

St. Vojtech
Hospodine, pomiluj ny
Invitatorium Hodie exultandum
Responsorium O presul Christi
Guillaume de Machaut – He!Mors com tu es haie
Cantio Stola Jacob

St. Ludmila
Antiphona Laudes canens Davidicas
Hymnus Lux vera lucis radium
Guillaume de Machaut – Hareu! hareu! le feu, le feu, le feu
Cantio Quae es ista

St. Wenceslas
Cantio Svatý Václave
Hymnus Dies venit victorie
Kyrie Fons bonitatis
Cantio Martir Dei Wenceslaus
Estampie De tout flours

Rex et Imperator!
Cantio Gaude felix Bohemia
Benedicamus In hac praecelsa sollempnitate
Estampie Belicha
Moteto Ave coronata

The concert is organised by Hudební festival Znojmo.

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The concert programme presents saints of medieval Bohemia, St. Wenceslas, St. Ludmila and St. Vojtech, the country's patrons and symbols of the nation as well as its royal insignia. It contains choral movements, songs and motets from Czech sources of the same period. The last piece, Ave coronata, is the only known isorhythmic motet of Central European provenance and is attributed to the court of Charles IV.

It should be noted that in the 14th century Prague was the seat of the Roman Emperor and, together with Paris, it was the largest city north of the Alps. It thus became an important cultural centre from where the so-called Beautiful style of Gothic art emerged.