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Feb. 21, 2017

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SYMPHONY No. 2 for Orchestra, Op. 41 (1963-64;
        revised 2012)
Date of Performance: Sat. Nov. 12, 2016
Performers: Portland Youth Philharmonic
Conductor: David Hattner
Venue: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Location: Portland, Oregon USA



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    [1]  Con moto view listen
    [2]  Lento view listen
    [3]  Allegro vivace view listen
    [3]  Moderato view listen


* Video captured, edited and produced by Tom Emerson Video Productions;
* Audio recorded and mastered by Roderick J. Evenson.


Recent Articles about Symphony No. 2, Op. 41:

1) "Tomas Svoboda’s Symphony #2: A love story in four movements" (Oregon ArtsWatch - Brett Campbell)

2) "Portland composer's long-lost symphony about love and war finally gets world premiere" (The Oregonian)


Oct. 29, 2016 RADIO BROADCASTS:

# CONCERTO for Marimba & Orchestra, Op. 148
Station: WUOT-FM (Knoxville, KY)
Show: "Afternoon Concert"
Host: Garrett McQueen
Date: Oct. 12, 2016
(from Orchestra Works CD.)

# OVERTURE OF THE SEASON, for Orchestra, Op. 89
Station: WUOT-FM (Knoxville, KY)
Show: "Afternoon Concert"
Host: Garrett McQueen
Date: Oct. 13, 2016
(from Orchestra Works CD.)

# SYMPHONY No. 1 (of Nature) for Orchestra, Op. 20
Station: WUOT-FM (Knoxville, KY)
Show: "Afternoon Concert"
Host: Garrett McQueen
Date: Oct. 18, 2016
(from Orchestra Works CD.)

Dec. 6, 2015 TODAY IS TOMAS SVOBODA'S 76TH BIRTHDAY:

On Dec. 12, 2012, Tomas Svoboda suffered a massive
stroke, which left him comatose and which the prognosis was that he would never regain consciousness.

Not accepting that diagnosis, the incredible pro active endeavors by his wife, Jana Demartini; his daughter, Lenka; and his son, Martin; saved Tomas' life.

Though the recovery over the past 3 years has been extremely difficult and continues to be challenging, this recent photo shows that Tomas' spirit and zest for life has returned.


Svoboda 2015


To all those who have visited him, written to him, said prayers for him over the past 3 years, know that he and his family are so grateful for your kind thoughts and efforts to lift his spirits, as well as your emcouragement in his recovery, as it has truly helped him during his arduous, challenging, daily and weekly therapies that he's had to go through and continues to have to endure on his long journey back to being able to compose again.

For those who wish to send their best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
4729 SE 34th
Portland, OR 97202 USA
PHONE (for visiting information): 503-894-8559

Emails may also be sent via this website (info@TomasSvoboda.com) and they will be forwarded to Tomas' family for reading to Tomas, but he will not able to respond personally, due to his current medical condition.

April 7, 2015 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE on Tomas Svoboda:

The Oregonian/OregonLive.com article
Title: "After a massive stroke, Portland composer plans to attend concert by his Czech mates."
Author: David Stabler
Published: April 7, 2015
Link to article: here.

April 5, 2015 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

Tomas Svoboda continues his recovery at home in Portland, Oregon. The effects from a massive stroke suffered on Dec. 12th 2012 continue to present great challanges for Tomas, but he has a positive attitude and is working very hard to regain the use of his right arm and right leg.

With assistance, Tomas is now able to stand up and walk a short distance with a brace on his leg.

Though he has not yet returned to composing, he says he's hearing music ideas in his head again, so that is a very promising development.

For those who play chess, Tomas is now playing chess again, so if you visit, ask if he's up for a game. Lastly, one should call before visiting, to see if Tomas is home, as he will continue to have many medical appointments and therapy sessions.

For those who wish to send their best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
4729 SE 34th
Portland, OR 97202 USA
PHONE (for visiting information): 503-894-8559


Sept. 16, 2014 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

On Sept. 12th, Tomas Svoboda returned to his home in southeast Portland, Oregon to continue his recovery from a massive stroke suffered on Dec. 12th 2012. His whole family was there for the weekend to celebrate his homecoming.

Tomas is so excited to finally be back home and looks forward to having friends and colleagues visit him there.

Those wishing to visit Tomas should wait until the week of Sept. 22nd to do that.

One should also call before visiting to see if Tomas is home, as he will continue to have many medical appointments and therapy sessions.

Keep in mind, also, that Tomas will be taking regular daily naps between 1:30 - 2:30PM.

For those who wish to send their best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
4729 SE 34th
Portland, OR 97202 USA
PHONE (for visiting information): 503-894-8559


July 22, 2014 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

Tomas Svoboda's recovery from the stroke he suffered Dec. 12, 2012 continues, though slowly. He still resides in an Adult Care Home near his own house in southeast Portland, Oregon.

Though paralyses in his right arm and leg persist, he has has become able to lift his right leg off the floor. His conversational ability has shown the most improvement since last summer, though recent adjustments to his medications sometime cause him extreme fatigue, lack of concentration and sleepiness. He nevertheless, has enjoyed a few recent "outings" to social events and at least one concert and still thoroughly appreciates the visits, cards and letters from friends and music colleagues.

For those who wish to send their encouragement and best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
c/o Gligan Foster Care
6111 SE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97206-7010 USA

Visiting hours are between 9am & 7PM. His lunch and dinner times vary, but are approximately between 12PM-1PM and 5PM-6PM. To check if Mr. Svoboda is available for a visit, the foster home phone number is: (503) 777-5552; ask for Augustin or Anna. If visiting, please remember to leave a note in Tomas' "Visitor's Book".


Dec. 7, 2013 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

Tomas Svoboda continues to show improvement in his recovery from the stroke he suffered Dec. 12, 2012. He is still residing in an Adult Foster Care Home near his own house in southeast Portland, Oregon.

Though the paralysis in his right arm and leg persists, his conversational ability has shown the most improvement since summer and he's enjoying the visits from friends and music colleagues greatly.

Tonight, Mr. Svoboda will be celebrating his 74th birthday (Dec. 6, 1939) by going out with family to enjoy one of his favorite foods...sushi...and will return to his care home to listen to a KQAC-FM ("All Classical Portland") broadcast of his CONCERTO for Clarinet & Orchestra during the program "Club Mod" (8-10 PM), hosted by Robert McBride.

For those who wish to send their encouragement and best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
c/o Gligan Foster Care
6111 SE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97206-7010 USA

Visiting hours are between 9am & 7PM. His lunch and dinner times vary, but are approximately between 12PM-12:30PM and 5PM-5:30PM. To check if Mr. Svoboda is available for a visit, the foster home phone number is: (503) 777-5552; ask for Augustin or Anna.


May 2, 2013 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

Tomas Svoboda was transferred on April 30th to an Adult Foster Care Home near his own house in southeast Portland, Oregon. For those who wish to send their best wishes, you may send your cards or letters to the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
c/o Gligan Foster Care
6111 SE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97206-7010 USA

Visiting hours are between 9am & 8PM, except between 12PM-12:30PM and 5PM-5:30PM (lunch and dinner hours).


Apr. 20, 2013 UPDATE ON TOMAS SVOBODA'S RECOVERY:

Tomas Svoboda was moved April 11th to the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, where he will undergo various comprehensive therapies administered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians.

For those who wish to send their best wishes, you may send your cards or letters, to be received by April 30th,
at the address below.

Tomas Svoboda
c/o Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
6th Fl., Room 8
1015 N.W. 22nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97210 USA

[This posting edited April 20, 2013]


FEATURED ARTICLE ON TOMAS SVOBODA:

David Stabler, Arts & Features Writer for The Oregonian
newspaper, has written an informative article on Tomas Svoboda's slow recovery from a massive stroke, which occurred last December 12th in Portland, Oregon.

The article also covers the upcoming World Premiere this Thursday night (April 18th) of Svoboda's CONCERTO for Clarinet & Orchestra, which was commissioned by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.  Published this morning, the article can be found on the OregonLive.com website.


 
WORLD PREMIERE:

CONCERTO for Clarinet & Orchestra
Commissioned by: Eugene Symphony Orchestra
Date of Premiere: April 18, 2013 [Thurs. - 8PM]
Conductor: Danail Rachev
Soloist: Michael Anderson
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Venue: Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center



 
AUDIO SAMPLES: There are now 260 audio samples of Tomas Svoboda's music on this website.

SHEET MUSIC SAMPLES: There are now 900+ pages of sample sheet music on this website. Additional audio clips and pages of sheet music will be added for those compositions not yet having them.

SHIPPING POLICY: FREE SHIPPING now available for all orders over $20.00 (U.S. retail sales only). Choose "Media Mail" when ordering.


Feb. 13, 2013 THE PASSING OF JAMES DEPEIST:

It was with deep sadness by both Tomas Svoboda
and this Publisher, to hear of the passing of the internationally renowned conductor James DePreist on Feb. 8, 2013.

James DePreist was responsible for the world premieres of three major orchestral works by Tomas Svoboda:

Symphony No. 1 (of Nature), Op. 20 (rev. version)
Symphony No. 5 (in Unison), Op. 92
Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra, Op. 148

James DePreist not only commissioned Tomas Svoboda's Marimba Concerto while Music Director of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, but he also wanted this work included on an "all-Svoboda CD" and the recording of that composition received a 2003 GRAMMY Nomination.

In addition, James DePreist shared another work by Tomas Svoboda: Overture of the Season, Op. 89 with other major orhestras around the world, such as the Philadelphia, Boston, Monte Carlo and Sapporo (Japan) symphonies.


[ A personal note from this Publisher about James DePreist ]

"What I will always remember and will always respect James DePreist for, above all... is this:

"When Maestro DePreist saw the newly published score of Tomas Svoboda's Symphony No. 5 (in Unison), Op. 92 (ca. 1986), he immediately recognized the significance and uniqueness of a "unison" symphony in the historical context of orchestral literature. I suspect the fact it was Tomas's 5th Symphony was not lost on him either.

"James DePreist could have conducted the premiere of this symphony himself, but he chose instead, to share with his audiences the special memory of witnessing the world premiere of a monumental work, conducted by its composer, Tomas Svoboda.

"I was sitting in the front row, to the right and very close to the podium, on the first night of three performances.

"That premiere was, and is still so after 25 years, the single most memorable, visual, musical experience in my 38 years of publishing Tomas Svoboda's music. I will be forever grateful to James DePreist for giving me that profound, personal and professionally inspiring, lifelong memory." - Thomas C. Stangland ]

Wikipedia listing of James DePreist


 
TOMAS SVOBODA's Recovery from Massive Stroke:

Tomas Svoboda suffered a massive stroke on the evening of December 12th 2012.

 
Tomas Svoboda has been returned to a skilled care center near his home in Portland, Oregon, after undergoing a 2nd surgery. In spite of the initial medical prognosis after his stroke, Tomas Svoboda's spirit and determination to fully recover has become very apparent, as there are now daily signs of improvement in speech, transitioning to eating some food normally, etc.. However, Tomas Svoboda is still paralyzed on his right side.

In spite of that, when his publisher visited him last week, it was noticed Tomas Svoboda was constantly moving all five fingers of his left hand, on top of his bed cover, as if playing a piano. When questioned about that, Mr. Svoboda, uttered, "I'm hearing music." When asked what kind of music?...Tomas Svoboda responded..."my next composition". He'll be questioned during a future visit about what he's composing!

Additional Links:

Dec. 23, 2011 NEW RECORDINGS:

Belgique CD

SONATA for Viola & Piano, Op. 36
Performers: Joël Belgique (vla.) & Tomas Svoboda (pno.)
CD Title: Mid-Century Modern: Four Sonatas for Viola and Piano
Record Label: Joël Belgique
Additiional information & audio samples at: CD Baby.



Zuzannah L'ark CD

Božena Němcová Pohádky
Narration of a Czech folktale "O Slunečníku, Měsíčníku a Větrníku" by Božena Němcová.

Performers: Zuzannah L'ark (narrator) with music by Tomas Svoboda (pno.)
(Music from "Children's Treasure Box, Vols. 1-4")
CD Title: Božena Němcová Pohádky
Record Label: Zuzannah L'ark
Additiional information & audio samples at: CD Baby.


Jan. 28, 2011 PERFORMANCES:

AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS (Portland, OR)
Event: Fertile Ground Festival
Showcase Series: Dance Coalition of Oregon presents:
   "Botanical Madness"
Selected Music: "Nine Etudes in Fugue Style (Vol.II),
     Op. 98 (movts. 15 & 16)"
Choreographed by: Agnieszka Laska
Date: Jan. 29, 2011 (8PM)
Venue: Polaris' Groovin' Greenhouse
Location: Portland, OR


Nov. 14, 2010 PERFORMANCES:

MTAC CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
    (Music Teachers Association of California))
Date: Nov. 14, 2010
Location: Los Angeles Valley College
Students of Nobuyo Nishizaka

SUITE for Piano, 4-hands, Op. 124 (1st mov.)
    (Claire Diaz and Hannah Reynoso)
SONATA for Two Pianos, Op. 55 (3rd mov.)
    (Eri Wong and Tabitha Reynoso)
AUTUMN for Piano, Op. 110a (1st mov.)
    (Sabrina Tsoi)
SUITE for Piano, 4-hands, Op. 124 (3rd mov.)
    (Ayaka Omoto and Nicole Feng)
FOUR WALZES for Piano, Op. 68 (1st mov.)
    (Rintaroh Shima)

Nov. 11, 2010 WORLD PREMIERE:

STRING QUARTET No. 11
Performers: Third Angle Ensemble
Date: Nov. 11th & 12th, 2010
Location: Portland, OR
Venue: Lincoln Recital Hall; Portland State University

Nov, 5, 2010 PERFORMANCES:

BRASS QUINTET, Op. 112
    (The Oregon Brass Quintet)
SUMMER FRAGMENTS for Sopr. & Piano, Op. 139
    (Tomas Svoboda, pno.; Nancy Wood, sopr.)
CHILDREN'S TREASURE BOX (Vol. 5), Op. 199a
    (Tomas Svoboda, pno.)

Concert Series: Cherry Blossom Musical Arts
Program: "Art Music Live in the 21st Century"
Date: Nov. 5, 2010
Location: Eugene, OR


Oct. 16, 2009 FEATURE ARTICLE on Tomas Svoboda (with audio)

OREGON MUSIC NEWS
Date of Publication: Oct. 16, 2009
Title: "Tomas Svoboda: Retired? Hardly!"
Writer: James Bash
To read article, visit Oregon Music News.

Aug. 5, 2007 PUBLISHED ARTICLE:

THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN
Date: Aug. 5, 2007
Title: "What's age got to do with it? Music in the key of time."
Author: David Stabler [The Oregonian Staff]
Subject matter: A look at the concept of "late style" artistic endeavors in general, with a focus on two of Oregon's musical elder statemen, Tomas Svoboda and David Schiff.

July 27, 2007 CD RECORDING REVIEW:

Sequenza21 reviews Tomas Svoboda's new Children's Treasure Box CD recording. Full review of CD at Sequenza21.com.

"These are fun little pieces that will engage and entertain young beginners...and I think there is charm and wit for any level of pianist."

"...any piano educator should have these pieces in their bag for their students."
[Jay Batzner]


WEBSITE UPDATE:

Created 410 new webpages containing 894 pages of sheet music in the GIF format. Faster page loads, plus Adobe Acrobat Reader no longer needed to view music samples. PDF files, however, have been retained for use in printing or downloading music samples for offline perusal.

Feb. 20, 2007 WEBSITE UPDATE:

Added new CD recording by Mitsuki Dazai:

Koto CD

Autumn - Music for solo Koto

...to the Recordings (Discography) webpage, with a link to the CD's own page, which now contains mp3 audio clips of Tomas Svoboda's AUTUMN for Koto, Op. 110.


Year 2006 Oregon Public Broadcasting program Oregon Art Beat, features a video profile on Tomas Svoboda and his music. View this video on the OPB-TV website.


Nov. 30, 2006 SHEET MUSIC SAMPLES: added more sample pages of music:

THREE FUGHETTAS for Piano, 4-hand, Op. 12 (1956)
BAROQUE QUINTET, Op. 37 (1962)
LEGACY for Brass Septet, Op. 133 (1962)
PRELUDE & FUGUE for String Quartet, Op. 5 (1954-1986)
PROLOGUE for Clarinet, Harpsichord & Percussion, Op. 61
SONATA for Violin & Piano, Op. 73 (violin part)
CHORALE in E flat for Piano Quintet, Op. 118
SYMPHONY No. 6 for Clarinet & Orch., Op. 137 (clarinet part)

Oct. 27, 2006 NEW PUBLICATIONS: Nine additional works now available; 198 pages of score; 102 pages of performance parts:

BALLADE for Bassoon & Piano, Op. 35
BAROQUE QUINTET for Fl., Ob., Clar., Cello & Pno, Op. 37
BENEDICTUS for Piano, Op. 162
CLASSICAL SONATINE for Oboe & Piano, Op. 28
FUGUE in c-minor on a Theme by Bach, for Piano, Op. 9
FUGUE in d-minor (on Bulgarian National Anthem), Op. 17
DREAMS OF A DANCER, for Flute, Clarinet & Piano, Op. 164
SONATA for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 167
TROIKA in Taiga, for Piano, Op. 21


Oct. 5, 2006 AUDIO SAMPLES: added audio clips of:

STRING QUARTET No. 1, Op. 29 (1961)
STRING QUARTET No. 2, Op. 151 (1996)
from the upcoming "String Quartets - Nos. 1-4" CD.

CONCERTO No. 1 for Piano & Orchestra,, Op. 71
CONCERTO No. 2 for Piano & Orchestra,, Op. 134
from the "Piano Concertos" CD.

OVERTURE OF THE SEASON, Op. 89
CONCERTO for Marimba & Orchestra, Op. 148
SYMPHONY No. 1 (of Nature) for Orchestra, Op. 20
from the "Orchestral Works" CD.

June 24, 2006 AUDIO CLIPS: 51 sample mp3 audio clips from Tomas Svoboda's upcoming CD recording of his "Children's Treasure Box", four-volume piano series, have been posted on the Piano Works and Audio Clips webpages. Additional sample sheet music will be posted, as well.

April 6, 2006
OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING (TV): Featured profile of Tomas Svoboda on television program "Oregon Art Beat."
Jan. 7, 2004
Sequenza21.COM: lists Oregon Symphony's "Tomas Svoboda - Orchestral Works" CD as one of their "favorite" CD's of 2003.

To see complete list: visit Sequenza21.com homepage. Look for "Duane's Favorite's 2003".
Dec. 4, 2003 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION (2003):
CONCERTO for Marimba & Orchestra, Op.148
"Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance With Orchestra"
James DePreist, cond.; Niel DePonte, marimba; Oregon Symphony [ Albany Records ]
Visit Orchestral Works CD recording webpage.
Nov. 10, 2003
CD Reviews: Sequenza21.com" review of Oregon Symphony "Tomas Svoboda - Orchestra Works" CD.

"Amazon.com" customer review of the Oregon Symphony "Tomas Svoboda - Orchestra Works" CD.
July 6, 2003
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Tanglewood; "Overture of the Season, Op. 89" performance; James DePreist, cond.
Feb. 9, 2003
Radio Broadcast: "Radio New Zealand" airs entire "Nine Etudes in Fugue Style (Vols. 1 & ) for piano" CD.


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