Text Box: pianist autographs


Price: $125.00



Pristine bi-fold program autographed by the late pianist, as well as conductor Jean Meylan and vocal soloists, contralto Libuse Marova, tenor Jaroslav Kachel, tenor Jiri Zahradnicek, baritone Rene Tucek and bass Jaroslav Horacek.  We offer with an 8” x 10” original press photograph of the pianist at the piano.

The program was a performance by the soloists and the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) during the 1972 Prague Spring International Music Festival.  Badura Skoda plays the concerto Swiss composer Frank Martin wrote expressly for him which had its’ World Premiere in 1969, so it was a new piece at the time.  The balance of the concert was the Beethoven Egmont Overture and Mendelssohn’s The First Walpurgis Night.  The soloists were all first rank performers with the Prague National Opera at the time.  Jean Meylan was a Swiss conductor who often worked with Frank Martin and was a frequent guest in Prague at that time.  His biography is below.  The program was unusual as it contained three composer’s works, none of them Czech.

Badura-Skoda (1927-2019) was born in Vienna.  A pupil of Viola Thurn and Otto Schulhof in Vienna and Edwin Fischer in Switzerland.  He graduated from the Vienna State Conservatory in 1948 with honors.  Both Herbert v. Karajan and Wilhelm Furtwängler took a chance on him the next year scheduling him for concerts in Vienna.  In 1950, he stepped in for his teacher Edwin Fischer at the last moment during the Salzburg Festspiele.  His reputation was made!  He made his United States debut on February 21, 1953 with the New York Philharmonic playing the Mozart Piano Concerto #27, K. 595. Still performing at the age of 92, he has several concerts this year, including a 4 hand concert with the 95 year old Menahem Pressler.  The pianist is at his best with the German Classical and Romantic period composers, especially Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann.  He has also performed works by Chopin, Ravel and Swiss composer Frank Martin wrote his 2nd Piano Concerto for him, as well as his “Fantaisie sur des rythmes flamenco for piano solo”.  His discography is quite broad and includes a complete Beethoven sonata cycle. 

Jean Meylan (1915-1994) was a Swiss conductor who conducted frequently in Prague in the 1960's and 1970's. He was a cellist by training and studied with Fernand Pollain at the Geneva Conservatory and he also studied conducting there with Paul Kletzki and Eugene Bigot. He received further conducting training with Felix Weingartner and Carl Schuricht.  Meylan also studied law, graduated, but never practiced.    Meylan founded the Collegium Musicum of Geneva in 1941 which later became the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. He was named Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln in 1947. In 1953 he was appointed permanent guest conductor of the Stadtorchester St. Gallen and held the position until 1956.  From 1957 Meylan was the Music Director of the Geneva Opera.  In 1962 when the opera company moved back to their home which had been destroyed by fire in 1951, he left. He became a permanent guest conductor from that point on.  He worked frequently with the Orchester de la Suisse Romande in all of their various activities and also conducted over 85 orchestras in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1965 he was a founding member of the Dvorák Society Prague.


Unusual and perfect for display!

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