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Upstairs in the Czech Language 2nd Floor Classroom Donation $5/person 7-9:30pm with discussions lead by Pavlina Reichlova, Czech language head teacher Pop/Water or first pilsner beer free! Post 7/16 V1
2016…September 20 Story of Hussities (Husitska) and their Inspiration for Antonin Dvorak At a time when Dvorák was being tempted to write opera in German for Vienna and Dresden came one of his most nationalistic works, the Hussite Overture. The overture was composed at the request of the Prague National Theatre, to accompany a projected trilogy on the subject of the Hussite period. While the drama never saw completion, the Overture was premiered on November 18, 1883, in celebration of the opening of the newly-built National Theatre, two years after a disastrous fire had destroyed the original. The overture is clearly modeled on the sketches for the trilogy, expressing the "origin of the Hussite movement" in the introduction, "the Hussite wars" in the exposition and development, and the "restoration of peace after the wars" in the recapitulation and coda. NOTE: Chicago Symphony Orchestra-on October 14 & 18, 2016 the Husitska Overture will be the first number in the program.
October 18 The folk music of the Czech Republic and its inspiration for Smetana’s Work: Slovanske Tance There were three big Czech composers, who were carried away and inspired by the Czech and Moravian folklore- Dvorak, Janacek and Smetana. It might not be the coincidence that all three are world famous musicians, whose beautiful melodies transpire and reflect beautiful folklore and traditions. Antonin Dvorak included the Slavonic dances into his Eight Symphony. The 8th Symphony was written during the summer and early autumn of 1889, mainly at his summer residence in Vysoka. This environment, in which Dvorak was most at ease, seemed to be reflected in the overall atmosphere of his new symphony. NOTE: Chicago Symphony Orchestra-on November 17 & 18, 2016 Symphony No. 8 will be the last number in the program.
November 15 Story of Czech Christmas Carols-Koledy and Ginger Cookies Traditional Czech Christmas would not be the same without various types of Christmas cookies which are hand made by most of the czech families. But as important are the Christmas national carols which bring us with the familiar melodies to the Christmas cheer and mood. Which carols were taken and translated from other countries and what were the inspirations to our most traditional Czech carols such as Narodil se Kristus Pan. Most carols were based on Christian context, but there were carols which carried underlying Communist agenda. Listen to Christmas Melodies and decorate Czech ginger cookies. Materials may be extra for cookies.
2017…January 17 The Story of Czech National Anthem and Frantisek Skroup The Czech Anthem was born in Czech theater, during the National movement. The song came from a play, Fidlovacka. The verses and melody became catchy that it was chosen to be the Czech national anthem. The story of Czech anthem with translation will be provided.
February 21 Czech Legends and their connection to Czech music – Smetana’s Libuse Czech Legends were a favorite opera inspiration for Bedrich Smetana, who composed during the Czech Nationalistic movement. He composed several operas which had a historically similar context. The opera Libuse became most famous due to its melody of Queen Libuse, who predicted the glory of Prague and established the Dynasty of Premyslovci in the Bohemian Kingdom.
March 21 Leos Janacek and Otevirani studanek and small workshop constructing an Easter straw cross Easter is not only time for egg decorating and Easter folklore traditions. There is also a custom of cleaning the springs around Easter time. Springs, little streams were the main source of drinking water for Czech people. Therefore, they organized cleaning projects to refurbish the spring or natural dwell after the winter season. The tradition was an inspiration for Leos Janacek, who brought many of folklore customs into his music. Materials may be extra to construct the cross.
May 16 A set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech com-poser Bedřich Smetana, Ma Vlast The most famous piece of the composition is Vltava. Vltava is the mother river, one of the most important and longest rivers as well as the only river that flows and brings the beat to the capital and heart of Czech nation, city of Prague. Is it a spiritual? NOTE: Chicago Symphony Orchestra-on May 18, 19 & 20 will play this entire piece.
June 20 The story of Jaroslav Jezek and trio Werich-Jezek-Voskovec (Osvobozene Divadlo). In the early 1930’s a trio of three artists started Osvobozene Divadlo- a popular theater which based their plays on underlying tones of democracy, nationality and unity of the nation. Their songs and some of the plays still resonate with us even nowadays- such as Zivot je jen nahoda. Or leading song into the movie Dark Blue World- that named the movie after Werich, Jezek Voskovec song: Dark Blue World. Jezek a member of this trio, musician and composer, whose most famous piece-Bugatti Step is still big and favorite challenge for all piano players.(Similar to Scott Joplin in style.)
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