Alois Hába. Between Tradition an Inovation

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SPURNÝ Lubomír

Year of publication 2005
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Czech music
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords Alois Hába; Czech Music; Microtonality; Quarter-tone Music
Description A biographical study of Czech composer Alois Hába (1893 - 1973)In the general perspective of music history, Alois Hába is usually characterised as one of the leading protagonists of the Central European inter-war avant-garde that moved between Vienna, Berlin and Prague. In the specific context of Czech music he likewise has the reputation of an exemplary innovator but is considered to have been strongly rooted in tradition as well. Hába is known primarily as a tireless propagator of microtonal and athematic music, for which his own term was “liberated music”. In this music he added more subtle quarter-, fifth- and sixth-tone intervals to the semitone system and abandoned up traditional treatment of motifs.
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