Miracle of Our Lady

Miracle of Our Lady

Opera

Cyklus štyroch opier

The historical SND building
9. 10. 2009

Restoring torn ties with previous historic epochs, bringing ideological or aesthetic legacy back to life or an interest in different strata of traditions and their renewed appreciation – such, too, was the face of the classical musical modernism of the 20th century. After a tumultuous youth, the late, mature oeuvre of the great Czech composer of this epoch, Bohuslav Martinů, documents this tendency. Martinů´s musico-dramatic work Miracle of Our Lady invokes the bequest of the past on various planes: ideologically and philosophically it stems from the Christian tradition, musically it reflects an admiration of folk roots and a tendency towards a cleansed image of traditional harmonic thinking, and brings back to life the heritage of spiritual and miracle plays. Miracle of Our Lady consists of four short musical stories: a New Testament biblical parable, a Nativity story and two medieval legends. Each adores in its own manner the image of Virgin Mother and the resulting arch is a suggestive apotheosis of spiritual power and beauty prevailing over seduction and evil.