TIRNAVIA wons the 2nd place in A category and 3rd place in B category on 6. Internationaler Chorwettbewerb 2006 in Miltenberg, Germany!!!

Tirnavia choir has published a new CD album

The mixed choir Tirnavia introduced their profile CD record named “The 20th Century Slovak Choral Music - The Collection” by the concert in Trnava Theatre of Jan Palarik on Saturday 30 October 2004. For the second time in the month of October after the final concert of Trnava Organ Days 2004 the choir has introduced itself to the fans of choir singing by its own concert programme. By this undertaking named “Evening with Tirnavia” the choir members under the conduct of their conductor Andrej Rapant would like to set a tradition of annual concert within the scope of rich musical autumn of the town Trnava.

The concert programme included compositions from the new album, which Tirnavia was recording in spring this year (2004). In the first block the choir introduced 2 compositions by exceptional composer Ivan Hrusovsky, the author whose modern compositions are full of strong sacral charisma.
TH Extra, 15.11.2004 (277kb) 
Slovenská zborová tvorba 20. storočia - Výber (108kb)

The interpretation of his composition “Zalm 23” (Tune 23) on the Latin text “Lord is my pastor, I don’t miss anything” together with effective miniature “Rhythm” created a ceremonial and dignified programme opening. In the second block of their repertoire the choir offered the audience-popular adaptations of folk songs. The sensitive slow composition by Hrusovsky “Ked ja pojdem” was completed by emotionally rich composition “Verbunk” by Oto Ferenczy and the adaptation “Iseu Macek” by Hrusovsky. At the end of the block the choir performed the dynamic composition by Peter Con “Isol mili orac” where the folk-song tunes alternate with choir percussions.

The musical guest, Belgian choir CANTANDO under the conduct of Luca Anthonis, divided the concert by their performance into 2 halves. The primary aim of this choir is, alongside intonation clearness and expressive variety, to achieve homogeneous, vocally balanced sound of the choir. Their ambitions have been proved by very cultivated performance of the singers, which was inspiring for the choir Tirnavia as well.

After the performance of the musical guest there was time to bring the CD album into the listeners’ awareness. For this purpose valued guests have been invited. The Mayor of Trnava, Ing. Stefan Bosnak – a man who significantly supports cultural life in Trnava. Another guest was the musical composer Ilja Zeljenka, whose composition “Bagately” can be found on the new Tirnavia CD. The last but not the least guest was Branislav Kostka, the distinguished conductor who has together with Tirnavia prepared the project “Solemn Mass” by Louis Viern. This aggregation wished the recording a successful path to listeners and good luck with the choir’s next activities.


The concert has been closed by Finish folk composition “Sakkijarven polka” in adaptation by Pavol Prochazka and by composition “Battle of Jericho” by Moses Hogen. For the pleasant evening our thanks belong to the moderator Rastislav Zitny, invited guests, present audience and former choir members whose support is still sensed by Tirnavia. Let us believe that Tirnavia will still have a lot of opportunities in the future to offer its listeners attractions of vocal production and the above mentioned CD album will be successful in spreading this message.


Trnava Organ Days:

Dear Friends,

 which will take place On 1st October 2004 at 8pm in the Saint Nicholas Church in Trnava was final concert of Trnava Organ Days 2004. Besides other songs you also heared  Messe Sollenelle - Festive Mass by Louise Vierne presented by Tirnavia, organ 1 was played by David Di Fiore (USA) and organ 2 by Zuzana Zahradnikova, the conductor was Branislav Kostka.

Info about Trnava Organ days can be found on

Interview with the conductor Branislav Kostka and the organist David Di Fiore:

The final concert of the Festival Trnava Organ Days 2004 will be devoted to multiple compositions created by the French composer Louis Vierne. A significant one is the composition Messe Solenelle for a choir and 2 organs, conducted by the Slovak conductor Branislav Kostka. The prestigious American organist David di Fiore plays a dominant organ in this composition.

Louis Vierne once said that his only aim was to evoke listener’s emotions. Is this your aim as well?

David di Fiore: First-rate. Messe Solenelle is a magnificent composition full of emotions and for me it is absolutely important to evoke these emotions in listeners.

Branislav Kostka: It is alpha & omega of music. Not even one note, one tact should be sung and played without emotional interest, which subsequently influences the listener.

It is often said that Vierne was looking for calmness or peace in his life. Does it inspire you?

BK: I think that Vierne was trying to achieve peace by harmony – the composition itself ends with an emotionally strong part “dona nobis pacem” – give us peace – which expresses his desire for peace.

DdF: The author’s life was full of suffering – he has lost his relatives, he has nearly lost his sight, his leg injury hasn’t allowed him to play organ and all of these was reflected in his production. His desire for peace is clear and strongly inspiring.

To what extent are you trying for an authentical interpretation?

DdF: With an organ in Trnava Church of St Nicholas it is possible to some extent to approach the sound of a French organ by a right selection of registers. However, for me the beauty of the sound is more important than its authenticity.

BK: In trying to fulfil the author’s intention and at the same time to move the work of art closer to an actual listener I sense a certain conflict. I view the work with eyes of a contemporary person who perceives music differently than it was perceived in the last century. To deal with this dilemma I add my own emotional pointing to the note script – which is kind of an author’s construction.

To what extent are you able to be satisfied with the interpretation of a masterpiece?

BK: I can express it in 3 aspects. I am always glad when I as a conductor help a musical body to perform an optimal performance in harmony with a work of art. With this aspect the second one is connected – whether my partners are satisfied with interpretation. If an audience is satisfied as well, I know that we have created a unique communication and that the energy I feel has reached the listeners. To achieve this state a musician needs a lot of musical wisdom and knowledge and I want to head towards reaching this wisdom during my whole life.

DdF: As an artist I am never satisfied; sometimes I am pleased with the results. There is always something to improve in your performance and that’s why I like being an artist. Improving your art is never ending, it lasts the entire life.

How do you perceive classical music in society? Is it attractive enough for people?

DdF: Classical music creates roots of our culture, an action line that cannot be interrupted. I dare say that it is an organ that has much more possibilities than other solo instruments; all the sounds that you can create with the organ are beautiful and varied. The role of interpreters of organ music is to offer listeners an attractive repertoire, which will inspire them.

BK: In this area I miss a general support of classical music and a certain conceptual guidance in our culture. Music is, after all, a kind of a realization of reason of the historic human existence. Through classical music we can communicate with the era that is no longer here, we can understand better what was happening ‘before us’. Music has a valuable power to connect centuries. It thus maintains a chain, which will be joined by others.

DdF: Specific production of L. Vierne is very interesting also because of its background. Virne was an organist in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris where he played for many years, composed and finally also died. During his last farewell recital in 1937 he collapsed directly behind the organ keyboard and only unison of random tunes could be heard in the Cathedral. His death was very symbolic as Vierne devoted his whole life to organ playing.

Strong story. In spite of that, isn’t it a bit scary for you?

DdF: Not at all. I often think about it saying to myself: how better could I greet death…?


There is a new comment in our external forum that is very cheerful for us.

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News from IFAS 2004:

Diplom za 1. miesto v Zlatom pásme - kategória Folklór (124kb) Diplom za 2. miesto v Zlatom pásme - kategória Miešané zbory (128kb)

We asked the conductor and chorister of the choir Tirnavia Andrej Rapant:

How would you sum up the achievements of Tirnavia on the competition IFAS 2004 in Pardubice (a town in Czech Republic – translator’s note)?


The choir achievement should be perceived in connection with all circumstances that influenced it. It is not only the condition and quality of the choir, but also a lot of psychological factors. I felt that the singers were realizing their responsibility but on the other hand it was that competitive element which managed to provoke them to a maximal performance. Then it was significant how much the choir had trained, how well were individual compositions experienced and how the choir accustomed to the acoustics of the hall. From this point of view I rate the choir performance as excellent. The one, which we can build on in the future.

What do the ‘Pardubice’ results mean for Tirnavia?

The results as well as the assessments of the jury and other competition members prove that the choir is on its right way. The whole festival is also another experience that revealed what is good, but at the same time also what can be improved in the future.

What will be next endeavours of Tirnavia in future?

The more lively and varied the programme of Tirnavia in the future is the better – we plan individual choir concerts, membership on competitions and festivals, realization of CD recordings, introduction of different vocal-instrumental compositions. In the second half of this year we are planning to publish an individual CD with the production of Slovak composers of the 20th century. Next there is a final concert of Trnava Organ Days – introduction of the Solemn Mass for 4-voice choir and 2 organs by L. Vierne (conducted by Branislav Kostka, organists David Di Fiore, Zuzana Zahradnikova). Our new idea, which realization we are still working on, is to create a tradition of an annual choir concert. On the contrary, already a long established tradition is a Christmas concert. Next year we plan to take part in some important European choir competition and an introduction of an interesting vocal-instrumental piece of art.

The article from the newspaper TH Extra, 2 August 2004 (in the part Opinions/in press)

The article about IFAS 2004 from the chairman of the jury Jiri Kolar published on a server

5 July 2004

After the triumph in the mixed choirs category A1 (golden band + financial 2nd prize) Tirnavia also won the B category  folklore, again in the golden band and with the 1st prize! It is a great success, we won in both categories in which we were competing which was not achieved by any of the participating choirs.

IFAS 2004, Pardubice (187kb) 

The main prize of the festival Grand Prix IFAS 2004 was awarded to a polish choir from Gliwice (with just 1 voice more over Tirnavia) in a voting of the 8-member jury. In spite of that the competitive performance was more than successful.

IFAS 2004, Pardubice (341kb)

Soon you will be able to read a more detailed report from the festival.

Thanks to all  for your support!!!

4 July 2004, 00:25:
Dear Friends,
We are happy to announce that Tirnavia won the category A1 of the International Festival IFAS 2004 in Pardubice (Czech Republic - translator's note) in the golden band!!!
We are proceeding to Grand Prix and we are competing for an absolute winner of the competition!!! Tomorrow morning at 9.30am we will stand up on a stage and will do everything for the success we are all longing for.
Keep your fingers crossed, we will need your support!

With Love
Filip and the whole Tirnavia


Info about the festival can be found on

Festival poster (pdf)

We are finishing with the preparation of DVD from our 15th anniversary. Soon you will be able to order it in our on-line shop on

We successfully finished CD recording (May 2004). Now it's up to our sound technician to put it together!

We have celebrated the 15th anniversary of the choir foundation in dignity. The write-up and photos will appear soon in the section Our Story!

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