A Summer's Tale (Suk)

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A Summer's Tale (Czech: Pohádka léta), Op. 29 is a tone poem for large orchestra by Josef Suk.[1][2]

The work was composed between 1907 and 1909.[3]

Structure and character[edit]

There are five movements:

  1. Voices of Life and Consolation
  2. Midday
  3. Blind Musicians
  4. In the Power of Phantoms
  5. Night.[2]

A performance typically takes one hour.[4]

Rob Cowan has described the work as Scriabinesque and found in it a foreshadowing of Shostakovich's orchestration.[5]

Performance and recording[edit]

The work received its premiere in 1909, and was initially coolly received – several critics charged it with being impressionistic.[6]


  1. ^ Andrew Clements (30 August 2012). "Suk: A Summer's Tale; Prague – review". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b Don O'Connor. "Suk: A Summer's Tale". American Record Guide. 76 (1): 158.
  3. ^ Michael Kennedy; Joyce Kennedy (2013). The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Oxford University Press. p. 825. ISBN 978-0-19-957854-2.
  4. ^ Graham Rogers (2012). "Josef Suk Prague / A Summer's Tale (BBC Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek)" (Review).
  5. ^ Rob Cowan, SUK A Summer's Tale. Prague, Gramophone, retrieved 10 July 2015
  6. ^ Aleš Brezina; Eva Velická (2009). Aspects of music, arts and religion during the period of Czech Modernism. Peter Lang. p. 165. ISBN 978-3-03910-856-5.