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Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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The Sound of the Czechs

The Sound of the Czechs

60.00

673 words
note by Chris Myers

What makes music sound "Czech"? This overview of features common to Czech music can be used on its own or in tandem with other notes.

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Originally written for a concert featuring Smetana's The Bartered Bride Overture, Martinů's Sinfonietta La Jolla and Oboe Concerto, and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.

Excerpt:

Few societies are prouder of their music than the Czechs. This small population – there are only 10 million native speakers in the world – has had an outsized influence on the history of classical music. Composers ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Wagner and Mahler have expressed their admiration for Czech musicians. This is even more impressive when you realize that the Czechs were subject to foreign rulers who suppressed their national identity for all but 50 of the last 400 years.

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