MUSIC OF J. J. RYBA / CHURCH OF ST AMBROSE IN VÍCOV AT PŘEŠTICE
16 July | Thursday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
MISSA in Stylo Grave or Ryba’s side, which you do not know – the serious non-Christmas composer. Singing and playing historic musical instruments by the group Ritornello, prepared and led by Michael Pospíšil.
The Church of St Ambrose in Vícov is one of the oldest sights in the area of Přeštice. It was built in the Romanesque style around the year 1250. However, only its tower and the west wall of the nave has been preserved from this period until today. During the unsettled Hussite era, the church and the village were burned down. The church was rebuilt and the vault of its presbytery is from this period. The last construction changes were made in the 18th century, when the south hall was built. The interior features valuable late Gothic wall paintings from the 16th century showing scenes from the life of St Ambrose. The furnishings of the church are from the Baroque period.
Jakub Šimon Jan Ryba (1765–1815): MISSA in Stylo Grave or Ryba’s side, which you do not know – the serious non-Christmas composer. Singing and playing historic musical instruments by the group Ritornello, prepared and led by Michael Pospíšil.
Diligent and gifted people may sometimes seem to those around them to be amazing and obnoxious at the same time. There were times when they even paid for this with their lives, as happened to the author of the famous Christmas mass Hej, mistře! (Hey, Master!) from 1796, Jakub Šimon Jan Ryba, a native of Přeštice and a schoolteacher in Rožmitál. He left us over a thousand pieces of music in various styles and forms, and we can only admire his diligence and confident hand, which was "only" writing down the music which he could clearly hear in his head. Therefore, we have chosen for the little church in Vícov at Přeštice a mass that is spectacular in style but rather tiny as far as cast goes. “The Mass in a Grave Style" from 1802 will be performed together with other works of his in the same way as was heard during church services by our predecessors.
ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS
RITORNELLO AND MICHAEL POSPÍŠIL