Year of Czech Music 2024

Years ending in a four have a similar significance in Czech music as the years ending in eight for the whole nation and the country. Strangely enough, they often coincide with the anniversaries of the birth death, or creation of key works of the most prominent Czech composers.

One such year of four started the tradition of celebrating the Year of Czech Music a hundred years  ago. This was on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana. The dominant theme of  Smetana's time was the search for Czech identity in a turbulent developing world. The same theme remains relevant today, 200 years after his birth. Bedřich Smetana contributed to this debate in a language that is still understandable to the whole world today.

This year's edition of the Year of Czech usic will be held in the spirit of the main message: We are music. In addition to classical music, it will also offer other genres: from folk music to jazz to alternative genres. Top artistic events, explorations, exhibitions, theatre performances, and events for the general public and the emerging generations are just a small sample of what this year has to offer.

Everyone can join the Year of Czech Music. By attending, organising, playing, performing, or even just listening to the music that continues to define who we are today.

The Magic Four
in Czech Music

January

Josef Suk, 4. 1. 1874 – 29. 5. 1935
composer and teacher, member of the Czech Quartet
Josef Leopold Zvonař 22. 1. 1824 - 22. 11. 1865
composer, theorist and pedagogue
Janáček's Ostrava Philharmonic, founded on January 1, 1954

February

Jarmila Novotná, 23. 9. 1907 – 9. 2. 1994
singer and film actress, one of the brightest Czech opera stars
Jiří Šlitr, 15. 2. 1924 – 26. 12. 1969
composer, pianist, singer and actor, member of the duo with Jiří Suchý

March

Bedřich Smetana, 2. 3. 1824 – 12. 5. 1884
composer, whose centenary of birth became the motive for the proclamation of the first Year of Czech Music, his famous cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast (My Country), 1874
Karel Kryl, 12. 4. 1944 – 3. 3. 1994
singer-songwriter and poet
Oskar Nedbal, 26. 3. 1874 – 24. 12. 1930
composer, conductor and violist
Sláva Vorlová, 15. 3. 1894 Náchod – 24. 8. 1973 Praha
composer

April

Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, 17. 4. 1774 – 3. 4. 1850
composer and teacher during the National Revival
Jan Klusák, 18. 4. 1934
composer

May

Antonín Dvořák, 8. 9. 1841 – 1. 5. 1904
composer, cycle of piano pieces Humoresky, 1894
Vilém Blodek, 3. 10. 1834 – 1. 5. 1874
composer of the Romantic period
František Kovaříček, 17. 5. 1924 - 7. 1. 2003
conductor and teacher

June

Ervín Schulhoff, 8. 6. 1894 – 18. 8. 1942
composer and pianist of German-Jewish origin
Pavel Bořkovec, 10. 6. 1894 – 22. 7. 1972
composer and teacher
Emil František Burian, 11. 6. 1904 – 9. 8. 1959
composer, conductor, representative of the Czech music avant-garde

July

Leoš Janáček, 3. 7. 1854 – 12. 8. 1928
composer of classical music, premiere of Jenůfa, 1904
Rudolf Firkušný, 11. 2. 1912 – 19. 7. 1994
pianist

August

Bohuslav Martinů, 8. 12. 1890 – 28. 8. 1959
composer

September

October

Pavel Haas, 21. 6. 1899 – 17. 10. 1944
composer
Hans Krása, 30. 11. 1899 – 18. 10. 1944
composer
Dalibor Vačkář, 19. 9. 1906 – 21. 10. 1984
composer

November

The PKF — Prague Philharmonia, founded 17 November 1994
Jan Novák 8. 4. 1921 – 17. 11. 1984
composer and pianist

December

National Theatre Brno, founded 6 December 1884
premiere of Škroup's and Tyl's Fidlovačka, 21 December 1834

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