The Odyssey of Krystof Harant

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The Odyssey of Krystof Harant

Musical voyage to the Holy Land in the steps of a Czech Renaissance humanist.

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Works by Kâsebâz-i Misri, Pishref-i Misri & Sama‘i, Kryštof Harant, Seyyid Seyfullah

The life journey of the Czech nobleman, traveller, humanist, soldier, writer and composer Kryštof Harant from Polžice and Bezdružice ended prematurely on the Old Town Square in Prague on June 21, 1621, when he was executed for participating in the Protestant Bohemian Revolt. The goal of this project of Ensemble Cappella Mariana is to present his surviving compositions and introduce listeners to his literary legacy – his record of a unique trip to the Middle East which he chronicled in his book Journey from Bohemia to the Holy Land, by way of Venice and the Sea published in 1608.

Harant’s colourful work, narrated by Bill Richardson, will guide you on a musical journey to the exotic lands of Cyprus, Jerusalem, Sinai, and Cairo, where, in addition to Harant’s compositions, we will also hear the music of distant lands as he himself heard them. Click Here for More Details!

Release date: January 20, 2023, 07:30 p.m. PST

(Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral on December 1, 2022)