I am very sorry to inform readers that, after a long illness, my dear friend, the outstanding theologian, musicologist, armenologist, choirmaster, composer and mathematician, Prof. Evžen Kindler passed away in Prague this morning.
Evžen for many years lectured on sacred music, presenting recitals with his vocal group, Musica Poetica (including Armenian sacred music in its rightful context next to the Byzantine, Latin, Syriac and Slavonic traditions). Indeed, for fifteen years he sang during Armenian services with his Musica Poetica at the Church of St. Giles and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Prague, and was a much loved and highly respected figure in the community. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Armenian Ministry of Culture just over a year ago. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, and translated into Czech substantial sections of the Book of Lamentation of St. Gregory of Narek, the chants of the Armenian Divine Liturgy, sections from the Book of Rituals, and – only in the last few days – the twelfth-century prayer in twenty-four stanzas by St. Nersēs the Gracious, “Hawatov Xostovanim”, which he completed at his deathbed with the assistance of his daughter, so that it could be included in my forthcoming volume “Treasures of the earliest Christian Nation: Spirituality, Art and Music in Armenian Mediaeval Manuscripts” accompanying the eponymous Exhibition at the Theological Library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague, for which he generously served as advisor to the very end of his life.
He was a truly great man, whose modest demeanour belied his intellectual brilliance, profound wisdom, learning, authority and spirituality, and he will be much missed by all who were so fortunate as to have known him. He is survived by his wife Ludmila, daughters Rita and Anežka, and sons.
May God illuminate his soul, and bestow the consolation of the Holy Spirit to those who mourn.
Dn. Haig Utidjian, PhD