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Martin Smolka

Martin Smolka (born August 11, 1959 in Prague) is a contemporary Czech composer of classical music.


  • Slzy (Tears);
Hudba hudbička (Music Sweet Music) for ensemble;
  • Music for Retuned Instruments;
  • Zvonění (Ringing) for solo percussion;
  • Nocturne;
  • L’Orch pour l’orch;
  • Netopýr (The Flying Dog);
  • Rain, a Window, Roofs, Chimneys, Pigeons and so... and Railway-Bridges, too;
  • Trzy motywy pastoralne (Three pastoral motifs);
  • Rent a Ricercar;
  • Euforium;
  • Three pieces for retuned orchestra;
  •  : Lullaby;
  • 8 pieces for guitar quartet;
  • Autumn Thoughts for ensemble;
  • Lieder ohne Worte und Passacaglia;
  • Nešť for orchestra;
  • Like Those Nicéan Barks of Yore for trombone and life electronics;
  • Blue Note;
  • Walden, the Distiller of Celestial Dews;
  • Remix, Redream, Reflight;
  • Houby a nebe (Mushrooms and Heaven), Czech text Petr Pavel Fiala and Martin Smolka;
  • Nagano - Opera, libretto Jaroslav Dušek and Martin Smolka;
  • Observing the Clouds;
  • Missa;
  • Ach, mé milé c moll (Oh, my admired C minor);
  • Solitudo;
  • Tesknice (Nostalgia);
  • Hats in the Sky;
  • For a Buck;
  • Das schlaue Gretchen opera for children, libretto Klaus Angermann;
  • Lamento metodico;
  • Słone i smutne (Salt and Sad), Polish text Tadeusz Różewicz;
  • Semplice;


  • Hudba hudbička, ensemble AGON, Arta Records, Prague 1991
  • Music for Retuned Instruments, ensemble recherche, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 1991, WDR Köln 1991
  • Rain, a Window, Roofs, Chimneys, Pigeons and so... and Railway-Bridges, too, col legno München/SWF Baden-Baden, Donaueschinger Musiktage 1992
  • A v sadech korálů, jež slabě zrůžověly, Petr Matuszek - bariton, Martin Smolka - piano, Na prahu světla, Happy Music, Prague 1996
  • Rent a Ricercar, Flying Dog, For Woody Allen, Nocturne, AGON Orchestra, audio ego/Society for New Music Prague, 1997
  • Euphorium, Rain, a Window, Roofs, Chimneys, Pigeons and so... and Railway-Bridges, too, Music for Retuned Instruments, Ringing, AGON Orchestra, audio ego/Society for New Music Prague, 1998
  • Walden, the Distiller of Celestial Dews, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Meinhard Jenne – percussion, Rupert Huber - conductor, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2000

External links

  • - Homepage
  • Extensive interview with Martin Smolka in English, on Opera Lively
  • Martin Smolka at Breitkopf & Härtel

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