Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]. Vladimir Lébl, Milena Cernohorska, Milan Grygar.
Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]
Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]
Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]
Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]
Complete Run of a Scarce Czech Periodical on New Music

Konfrontace. 1[–4. Casopis pro soudobou hudbu.] Mesícník pro soudobou hudbu. [Confrontation: Contemporary Music Monthly.] [Complete Set of Four Issues.]

[Praha (Prague)]: Svaz ceskych skladatelu, 1969–1970. First edition. Complete run. All issues illustrated with black-and-white reproductions. Saddle-stitched. 52 [4]; 52 [4]; 52 [4]; 62 [2] p. A few barely visible stains to the covers here and there. Issue 4 with original printer correction of the title (paper paste-down) and a small damage to the rear cover. Overall all issues are in fine condition.

Scarce, complete set of four issues of the magazine Konfrontace, dedicated to experimental contemporary music, published by Vladimír Lébl until its ban in 1970.

Issue 1 “The Composer and the World” features an in-depth article which chronicles the nearly decade-long efforts to form the experimental music association The Prague New Music Group (Prazska skupina nove hudby) and its battle with the "rigid, monolithic cultural and political regime" and its "iron dictate, tyranny and bureaucratic bullying". Contributors include Vladimir Lébl, Josef Berg, Jan Klusák, Zbyněk Vostřák, and Walter Wiora. With two black-and-white reproductions of works by Mondrian.

Issue 2 “Avant-garde yesterday and today” focuses on contemporary and interwar avant-garde tendencies. It includes an article comparing the views of Karel Teige in 1922 and Luigi Nono in 1969, an essay by E. F. Burian on New Music from the 1920s, Karel Reiner’s writing on interwar avant-garde activities and Vladimir Lebl's thoughts on the crisis of the avant-garde, as well as Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt’s review of the Prague music scene. With two black-and-white reproductions of works by Hans Hartung.

Issue 3 “Experiment” features the translatons of Pierre Boulez’s study Alea and John Cage's, History of Experimental Music in the United States, as well as a richly illustrated article on Milan Grygar's so-called acoustic drawings, and an interview with Charles Csuri.

Issue 4 “Analysis” includes reviews on the works of Miloslav Kabeláč, Luboš Fišer, Marek Kopelent, Alois Piňos, Zbyněk Vostřák ad Karel Risinger, all with reproductions of sheet music. Illustrated with the works of Ferdinand Kriwet.

Vladimír Lébl (1928–1987) was a Czech musicologist, theatre and music publicist. He co-founded the Prague New Music Group (Pražská skupina Nové hudby). In the 1960s Lébl was involved in the setting-up of the Electronic Committee at the Union of Composers and organised thematic conferences and an international seminar on New Music. Lébl started publishing the magazine Konfrontace in 1969 which got banned in 1970.

Extremely scarce, we could trace copies only in the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the library of Masaryk University.

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Price: €3,000.00