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Juraj Filas (1955-2021)


Juraj Filas

Juraj Filas’ compositions are inspired by his faith in music’s power to heal wounds, open hearts, and bring peoples together. His music is encompassed by one philosophy: Harmony is the needed balance for the universe.

Juraj Filas is the author of more than 120 opuses across the genres of concerts, symphonies, cantatas, operas, and chamber music. His requiem, Oratio Spei (Prayer of Hope), has been performed at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyala and at Carnegie Hall by the Oratorio Society of New York with a cast including Susanna Phillips, Matthew Plenk, and under the hand of conductor Kent Tritle.

Juraj Filas was born in 1955 in Kosice, Slovakia and died in 2021 in Prague. He studied at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, with Jan Zdenek Bartos and Jiri Pauer who brought him to his lifelong passion for composition. Filas soon found national acclaim, three times winning the title of young composer laureate in Ostrava (Generace), and then found international renown when his TV opera Memento Mori won the Jacobs-Suchard Prize at the International Music Competition in 1989 in Slazburg.



Romance in C Major
for piccolo trumpet and organ

Romance in C

Sonata “In memoriam”
for viola and piano

Sonata In Memoriam

Sonata “at the end of the century”
for trombone and piano

Sonata At The End Of The Century

Rhapsodie in Dark Blue “To the Memory of George Gershwin”
for string quartet

Rhapsodie In Dark Blue

Requiem Oratio spei
for soprano, tenor and baritone soli, choir and orchestra

1. Requiem Aeternam
3. Dies Irae
14. Hostias Et Preces Tibi
16. Agnus Dei
20. Una Visione Mistica

Portrait of the Time
for oboe, horn and piano

Portrait of the Time

No Comment
for brass quintet

I. Gaudioso
II. Corale

Les Adieux
for violin and piano

Les Adieux

L’Ultimo Cavaliere
for symphony orchestra

L'Ultimo Cavaliere

Der letzte slawische Tanz “Ein ferner Widerhall vom Gulag”
for wind band

Der Letzte Slawische Tanz

Der feurige Engel
for wind band

Der Feurige Engel

for piccolo trumpet and orchestra

Piccolo Trumpet Concerto

for horn and symphonic wind band

Horn Concerto

A Very Short Love Story
for trumpet and piano

A Very Short Love Story