Personality profile

Photo: Peter Cón Author: Rastislav Polák

Peter Cón

3 Jul 1949 Košice – 24 Oct 1992 Bratislava

classical music
composition

Bio

Bio

1964 – 1969
Music Academy in Bratislava (oboe – Juraj Bartovič, composition – Juraj Pospíšil)
1969 – 1974
Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (composition – Dezider Kardoš)
1974 – 1976
dramaturg at Slovak Television in Bratislava
1977 – 1979
tutor at SĽUK (Slovak Folk Music and Dance Ensemble)
from 1979
freelance artist
from 1984
he conducted the TEMPUS Academic Choir

“Peter Cón went through a very diverse evolution. Initially focused on an area called “Higher Pop,” he also created several electroacoustic compositions, gradually more inclined to chamber music and more recently he has written several major chamber and choral compositions. His choral works have won several international awards – the composition Primo Vere (originally for female choir) won 1st prize at the International Competition of Ibague in Columbia and also 1st prize at the Competition Rencontres Internationales de Chant Choral in Tours (France) in 1985; the mixed choir piece Cantemus won 3rd prize in 1985 also in Columbia. Among other notable awards are: the prize for children's choir Zabarambarumbarimburujte si s nami in the Competition of Cs. Radio in 1982; the prize for male choirs Leje / Pouring in a competition announced by North Bohemian teachers; 2nd prize in Competition Generace 1982 for the chamber piece Musica Pro Tabulam. The most important components of Peter Cón's work are rhythm and melody. In the development of musical process he works with a freely led melodic line, mostly in a polyphonic manner. Also, in his homophonic works the accompanying part is perceived as the second voice. His melodic lines for voices depend directly on vertical shape, with emphasis on the resulting harmonious consonance, and it is never left to chance. Another important building block of his compositions is rhythm. Peter Cón works primarily with regular and motor-like meter, its fast parts affected by jazz elements. The emphasis is on living pulsation, ostinato and syncopated figures, and rhythmic repetition of tones or crotchets. In harmony, he more or less preserves tonal relationships, leading to a specific tonal center. His most notable chamber compositions are: Musica Folklorica for clarinet, violin, viola and cello, Musica Fisarmonica for accordion, and Musica Pro Tabulam for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, which was made upon a request by the Bratislava ensemble Quattro soli da camera. In the last two he merged the classical ideal with the freshness of inner musical process, influenced by jazz elements. Similarly oriented compositions are Tre Trombonetti for trombone and piano and Clarinettina for clarinet and piano.“

 

(ČIERNA, Alena: Peter Cón. In: 100 slovenských skladateľov. Ed. Marián Jurík, Peter Zagar. Bratislava : Národné hudobné centrum, 1998, p. 72.)

Works

  • symphony orchestra
  • Štyri miniatúry

    1974 10'
    SCORING: orch
  • Koncertná hudba

    1976 15'
    SCORING: orch
  • Musica festiva

    1976 SCORING: orch
  • Symfonická predohra

    1976 SCORING: orch
  • Detské hry

    1982 SCORING: orch
  • solo voice(s) and orchestra
  • Opusculum musicum

    Suite for chamber orchestra and four singers on the lyrics of Slovak Renaissance and Baroque poetry
    1988 SCORING: 4v, orch
  • one solo instrument with orchestra
  • Útok

    1980 SCORING: pf, orch/fiati
  • solo instrument
  • Etudy

    1982 SCORING: fld
  • Musica fisarmonica

    1982 5'
    SCORING: ac
  • Aspectus

    1989 SCORING: sth (cl, vc, pf, sth)
  • two instruments
  • Duo

    1976 SCORING: 2fl
  • Meditácie

    1979 SCORING: 2fl
  • Dialogues

    for two flutes
    1979 5'
    SCORING: 2fl
  • Tre trombonetti

    for trombone and piano
    1983 17' 20''
    PUBLISHER: Hudobný fond
    SCORING: tn, pf
  • Dobleplay

    for two clarinets
    1984 5'
    PUBLISHER: SHF
    SCORING: 2cl
  • Clarinettina

    for clarinet and piano
    1985 10'
    PUBLISHER: SHF
    SCORING: cl, pf
  • Dextempore

    for bass clarinet and syntethiser
    1989 PUBLISHER: Slovenský hudobný fond
    SCORING: clb, sth
  • three instruments
  • Trio

    1971 SCORING: fl, cl, fg
  • four instruments
  • Nálada

    1974 SCORING: 4cb
  • Musica folklorica

    1980 6'
    SCORING: cl, vn, vl, vc
  • Úvahy

    1980 8'
    SCORING: cl, vn, vl, vc
  • Musica pro tabula

    1982 9'
    SCORING: cl, vn, vl, vc, pf
  • Suita in A

    1982 7'
    SCORING: 4fld
  • Hlboké myšlienky

    1984 5'
    SCORING: 4cb
  • string quartet
  • Danseries

    1983 7'
    SCORING: 2vn, vl, vc
  • suitable for schools
  • Little Games

    cycle of duets
    SCORING: 2sx
  • folklore adaptations – instruments
  • Zmes záhoráckych piesní

    1976 SCORING: fiati
  • Čerešničky

    1977 SCORING: fiati
  • Ej, povídajú ludé

    1978 SCORING: folkb
  • Gemer

    1978 SCORING: orch
  • Komu lepší na tom svjece

    1978 SCORING: folkb
  • Zmes slovenských valčíkov

    1978 SCORING: fiati
  • Číže to pes breše

    1979 SCORING: folkb
  • Na detviansku nôtu

    1979 SCORING: folkb
  • Páslo dzífča páva

    1979
  • Zaspal Janík za humny

    1979 SCORING: folkb
  • Keď mi išiel

    1980 SCORING: folkb
  • Keď šednem za stolík

    1980 SCORING: vn, folkb
  • Kukučka v zelenom hájku

    1980 SCORING: vf, folkb
  • One Maid Has Been

    1980 5'
    SCORING: folkb (CF)
  • Zbojíncke z Hriňovej

    1981 7'
    SCORING: CMa
  • Hej, na vrch, na poľane

    1982 SCORING: CMa
  • Zmes z Uhroveckej zbierky

    1984
  • Mau som ženu mladú

    1986 SCORING: folkb
  • Poďme z poľa domov

    1986 SCORING: V, folkb
  • Štiri dni, štiri dni

    1986
  • Turks Fought

    1986 SCORING: folkb
  • Červená ružička

    1987 SCORING: CM
  • Išlo dievča na vodu

    1987 SCORING: folkb
  • Mati dievča zháňa

    1987 SCORING: folkb
  • Jajže, koník čiernohrivý

    1988 SCORING: cl, folkb
  • Čo sa porobilo

    1989 SCORING: folkb
  • Keď si ja zaspievam

    1989 SCORING: CM
  • Od Prešporka k Dunaju

    1989 SCORING: CM
  • Perečko, perečko

    1989 SCORING: folkb
  • Markušova brána

    1990 SCORING: tgt, folkb
  • folklore adaptations – choir a cappella
  • The Dear Went to Plough

    1988 PUBLISHER: SHF
    SCORING: CM
  • mixed choir
  • Dva madrigaly

    1978 SCORING: CM
  • Veselý zverinec

    1980 12'
    TEXT: Ľ. Feldek
    SCORING: CM, pf, bat
  • Hľadanie

    1984 SCORING: CM
  • Hora

    1984 7'
    TEXT: J. Turan
    SCORING: CM
  • Primo vere

    1984 6'
    TEXT: Carmina burana
    SCORING: CM
  • Cantemus

    1984 7'
    TEXT: anon.
    PUBLISHER: Slovenský hudobný fond, Belianum
    SCORING: CM
  • Amor vincit omnia

    1989 TEXT: Vergilius
    SCORING: CM
  • Tempus

    for mixed choir a cappella
    1989 6'
    TEXT: Virgil
    PUBLISHER: Slovenský hudobný fond
    SCORING: CM
  • male choir
  • Leje

    1981 4'
    SCORING: CMa
  • female choir
  • Letný podvečer

    1980 4'
    TEXT: autor
    SCORING: CF
  • children's choir
  • Pieseň bez slov

    1979 3'
    SCORING: CB
  • Lastovička

    1980 5'
    SCORING: CB
  • Houpánky

    1981 7'
    TEXT: L. Středa
    SCORING: CB, pf
  • Koník

    1981 4'
    SCORING: CB
  • Pieseň roku

    1981 10'
    TEXT: Ľ. Feldek
    SCORING: CB
  • Vyčítanky

    1981 5'
    TEXT: ľud.
    SCORING: CB, bat
  • Let`s Make Barambarumbarimbur With Us

    1982 8'
    TEXT: D. Hevier
    PUBLISHER: SHF
    SCORING: CB, pf
  • Jak se volá na písničku

    1983 7'
    TEXT: J. Havel
    SCORING: CB, pf
  • Piesne pani Zimy

    1983 20'
    TEXT: D. Hevier, D. Moravčík
    SCORING: CB, pf/orch
  • Z aprílové školy

    1983 7'
    TEXT: J. Žáček
    SCORING: CB, pf
  • Detský smiech

    1984 5'
    TEXT: E. Čepčeková
    SCORING: CB, pf
  • Pieseň pre pána Mozarta

    1984 3'
    TEXT: J. Skácel
    SCORING: CB
  • electroacoustic works
  • Etuda I.

    1980 4'
    SCORING: C
  • Etuda II.

    1980 5'
    SCORING: C
  • Etuda III.

    1980 5'
    SCORING: C
  • Prechádzka neznámou krajinou I.

    1982 10'
    SCORING: C
  • Prechádzka neznámou krajinou II.

    1985 11'
    SCORING: C
  • Vita

    1990 11' 56''
    SCORING: C*; C+(CM)
  • live-action TV film
  • Explózia

    1981 DIRECTED BY: A. Majerčík

Bibliography

  • Studies (Book Chapters, Dictionary Entries, Scholarly Articles)
  • MEDŇANSKÁ, Irena: Detská zborová tvorba na Slovensku v rokoch 1945-1990
    2010 Cantus Choralis Slovaca, Banská Bystrica year 9, 2010, p. 20-28

Discography

  • Photo: Folk variants FOLK VARIANTS
    2018 CD – v. n. 2946-001-2
    1. Eugen Suchoň: Two Slovak Folk Songs ESD 70
      Petra Torkošová (zbm), The University Choir Technik
    2. Eugen Suchoň: Echoes ESD 102 – So Seemed To Me
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    3. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Love Songs
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    4. Miroslav Šmíd: Tancuj, tancuj
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    5. Eugen Suchoň: Six Slovak Folk Songs ESD 70 – I Will Not Get Married Yet
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    6. Peter Breiner: Wedding Songs
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    7. Jan Rozehnal: Shall get married
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    8. Peter Cón: The Dear Went to Plough
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    9. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Love Songs
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    10. Ján Cikker: Three Slovak Folk Songs – Beyond the Mountains and Lowlands
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    11. Ján Cikker: Three Slovak Folk Songs – Once More Should I Look Back
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    12. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Songs from the Gemer Region
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    13. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Songs from the Gemer Region
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    14. Juraj Hatrík: Vlha, vlha pekný vták
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    15. Ján Cikker: Three Slovak Folk Songs – On the Stone She Sat
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    16. Miroslav Šmíd: The good, strong spirit; The old granny ate
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    17. Matúš Uhliarik: Folk Medley
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    18. ľudová: Od Hriňovej
      The University Choir Technik, Petra Torkošová (zbm)
    19. Eugen Suchoň: As Beautiful You Are ESD 51a
      The University Choir Technik, Cantus, Technik Akademik, Pavol Procházka (zbm.)
  • Photo: The Mixed Choir Tirnavia : The 20th Century Slovak Choral Music THE MIXED CHOIR TIRNAVIA : THE 20TH CENTURY SLOVAK CHORAL MUSIC
    2004 CD – Slovart SR-0054
    1. Ivan Hrušovský: Macek has gone
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    2. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Love Songs
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    3. Oto Ferenczy: Miešané zbory a capella
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    4. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Slovak Folk Songs from the Gemer Region
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    5. Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský: Anička, Anička, ty si trucovitá
      Lenka Demovičová (s), The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (t, dir.)
    6. Jan Rozehnal (arr.): Oddavac še budu
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    7. Ivan Hrušovský: The Cold Winds Blew in the Valley
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    8. Eugen Suchoň: Three Slovak Folk Songs ESD 74 – Dziny, dziny
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    9. Ján Cikker: Three Slovak Folk Songs – Beyond the Mountains and Lowlands
      Lenka Demovičová (s), The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    10. Eugen Suchoň: Two Slovak Folk Songs ESD 70
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    11. Petr Fiala (arr.): Kysuca, Kysuca
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (t, dir.)
    12. Peter Cón: The Dear Went to Plough
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    13. Ilja Zeljenka: Bagatelles
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    14. Peter Cón: Tempus
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    15. Ivan Hrušovský: Psalmus 120
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    16. Ivan Hrušovský: Three Etudes for mixed choir – Rhythm
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)
    17. Ivan Hrušovský: Psalmus 23
      The Mixed Choir Tirnavia, Andrej Rapant (dir.)

Awards

  • Choral Compositions Competition
    1984

Premieres

  • First performances in Slovakia
  • Peter Cón: Piesne pani Zimy
    16 Dec
    1985
    First performances in Slovakia
    Žilina, SK
    PERFORMERS: Odborárik Children's Choir, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, Jan Valta (dir.)
  • Eugen Suchoň: Two Slovak Folk Songs ESD 110
    8 Apr
    1984
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Tempus Choir, Peter Cón (dir.)
    Premiere of the song "Už je koniec vojny".
  • Peter Cón: Úvahy
    1983 First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Clarinettina
    for clarinet and piano
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Danseries
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Dextempore
    for bass clarinet and syntethiser
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Dobleplay
    for two clarinets
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Musica folklorica
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • Peter Cón: Musica pro tabula
    First performances in Slovakia
    SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Drlička (cl)
  • First performances abroad
  • Peter Cón: Primo vere
    10 Dec
    1985
    First performances abroad
    Belleville, FR
    PERFORMERS: Tempus Choir, Peter Cón (dir.)


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