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JÍROVEC, Vojtech - Symfonie Es dur

Bibliographic description


Symfonie Es dur

Other title information

"Symphonia in Mi b mai"


Vojtech Jírovec (1763-1850)


Portrait of V. Jírovec

Other statements of responsibility


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafael Kubelík, conductor (1914-1996)




GDA 2478


National Library of the Czech Republic - Music Department

Type of document

Sound Recording

Place of publication





Musicae Bohemicae Antologia

Physical description

3 standard discs (6 sides), 78 rpm., 30 cm, analogue recording, mono


1st movement 8'31'' (2 sides of the recording)
2nd movement 4'58'' (2 sides of the recording)
3rd movement 3'55'' (1 side of the recording)
4th movement 3'43'' (1 side of the recording)




Not found.


The print of this symphony from the year 1792 (Offenbach, Johann André, s.a., No. 415) is deposited in the Archives of the Prague Conservatory, shelf-number A-I-T-24. Following the international list of printed music RISM A/I, G 5282, it is a unique recorded print on the territory of the Czech Republic.
The Musicae Bohemicae Anthologia (MBA) Series contains 100 recordings of Czech music and songs since the oldest historical period (songs as Hospodine, pomiluj ny, Svatý Václave) through the music of Smetana. The preparation of the edition of these documents of the Czech music history was managed by Prof. Josef Hutter and the recording was made by eminent artists and orchestras. The collection was published at the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the foundation of the Charles University by Supraphon.

Basic information

Vojtech Matyás Jírovec (20. 2. 1763 Ceské Budejovice/Budweis - 19. 3. 1850 Vienna)
He received the basic musical education from his father who was organist. He studied philosophy and law in Prague, but he dedicated his entire life completely to music. He worked in many centres of musical life and also as a conductor of orchestras in noble houses. In 1804-1831, he worked as composer and conductor of the orchestra in the Court Theatre in Vienna. As composer, he was influenced especially by J. Haydn. His work contains ca. 60 symphonies; he also wrote concerts, serenades, suites, operas, and songs. His chamber music is very rich, especially string quartets. A very important source of information about his life is his own biography (1848), published in 1915 by Alfred Einstein. The Czech translation by Frantisek Bartos Vlastní zivotopis Vojtecha Jírovce was issued in a Topic's edition in Prague in the year 1940.

Symfonie Es dur (Symphony in E flat major - 1794) consists of four movements following the classical formal scheme of the time. The first movement, Adagio - Allegro maestoso, is the most important part of the symphony; it starts with a slow and thematically different introduction. It was composed in the classical sonata form. The melodious Adagio of the second movement is succeeded by a typical Menuetto with a trio part, while the whole symphony is closed with a relieving Rondo. The symphony was written for the classical structure of musical instruments (first violin, second violin, violas, two bass instruments, two oboes or flutes, two bassoons, two horns). Attention should be paid to inventive instrumentation, namely in episodes of wind instruments.


1st movement Adagio - Allegro maestoso

2nd movement Adagio

3rd movement Menuetto

4th movement Rondo