Kryštof Mařatka / Milena Dolinová


arrangement of Central European folk music
collected by Milena Dolinová (1859?-1891) and arranged by Kryštof Mařatka

for string trio

Duration: 8’

Instrumentation: violin, viola, violoncello
Some instruments may be replaced by others respecting the spirit of the work (e.g. violoncello / double bass, violin / flute, viola / clarinet, etc.)

Unpublished score

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The Czech musician Milena Dolinová (1859? - 1891) has collected poems and popular songs throughout Central Europe. Her sketches, which have remained hidden to this day in the attic of a house in north-eastern Bohemia, have served as a basis for the realization of compositions played at music shows and village festivals, often nationalist by nature and aiming at the authority of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her scores - which only indicate melody and harmony - form an amazing ensemble of folk music from Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Slovakia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Romania and Hungary. Thus, in Dolinová’s work, the influence of the typical characteristics of a given music creates the impression of a synthesis of Slavic, Hungarian, Gypsy and Jewish music.

The essence of Kryštof Mařatka’s work rests on the creation of arrangements for various ensembles the instrumentation of which typifies folk music: strings, clarinet, cimbalom, double bass, while respecting the style and nature of the musical language.