Miroslav Ponc - Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel (Svatebčané na Eiffelce) op.11« back to the biography
The mystery play The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower (Svatebčané na Eiffelce) by Jean Cocteau and the composers’ group ‘Les Six’ had a mixed reception at the 1921 premiere. This absurdist, satirical ballet (with two speakers) enjoyed greater success in 1923 in New York.
Ponc composed new stage music in 1926 for a new production in the ‘Entfesselte Theater’ ('Liberated Theatre') in Prague.
Through the combination of two quarter-tone instruments (piano and harmonium), percussion and five diatonic instruments, the rather simple music has a most deregulatory effect, as if gravity pulls sideways.
The Suite from this music, compiled by Ponc (reconstructed in 1981 by Štěpán Koníček) and first performed in 1931, brought the composer a degree of international recognition.
First performance as stage music : September 1926
First performance of the Concertsuite: Prague, June 7, 1931 cond. O. Jeremiáš
The Ebony Band played the concertsuite in Amsterdam and Utrecht in 2000, and in Prague (Rudolfinum) in 2004