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eSACHERe | Music Documentary Film | Prague/London, CZ/UK

Music documentary film eSACHERe features Czech cellist František Brikcius, who is presenting music by top 12 contemporary composers (C. Beck, L. Berio, P. Boulez, B. Britten, H. Dutilleux, W. Fortner, A. Ginastera, C. Halffter, H. W. Henze, H. Holliger, K. Huber and W. Lutoslawski) and explaining, why they are all using the Sacher hexachord (Es, A, C, H, E, Re – musical cryptogram on the name of Swiss conductor Paul Sacher).


In the occasion of the 70th birthday of Swiss coductor and maecenas Paul Sacher, Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich asked 12 composers (Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristobal Halffter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslawski) to create dozen compositions for cello using theme from the name of Paul Sacher (Es, A, C, H, E, Re). They were partially premiered in Zurich 2nd May 1976.

Decades later, Czech Cellist Frantisek Brikcius introduced this wonderful set of dozen compositions (we were told that it was for the first time performed by one cellist) at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia in Prague. Concert was held under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland in the cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague, as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days and it was supported by scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Britten-Pears Foundation.

New music documentary film eSACHERe (2018) explains the genesis of this unique music project. Visit and


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