the year of czech music 2024

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Gustav Mahler said about the relationship of Czechs to music: “Where else can you find a nation that has such a rich musical tradition as the Czechs?” We can only confirm Mahler’s words. Prague, like the entire Czech Republic, is fascinated by music. If you fly with Czech Airlines, the strains of Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic poem Vltava (The Moldau) usually greet passengers on board the plane upon landing. The centenary of his birth in 1924 started the tradition of the Year of Czech Music, and, as we do every ten years, we are commemorating Czech musical personalities once again this year. Join the people of Prague and enjoy festivals, concerts, theatres, exhibitions, walks, and art programs. Celebrate with us the fascinating world of music that needs no translation because it speaks directly to the heart.

Music opens people’s hearts and reaches depths where words can no longer go. And it opens Czech hearts perhaps just a bit more – after all, “in music is the life of the Czechs”, as the composer Bedřich Smetana said at the laying of the foundation stone of the National Theatre. In 1924, the centenary of his death was the impetus for establishing the tradition of the Year of Czech Music, whose personalities have been commemorated every ten years since then. This year’s Year of Czech Music is exceptional in that its central theme is the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Smetana’s birth.

concerts

The celebrations feature concerts of classical music and other musical genres, representing the great diversity of the contemporary Czech music scene.

More concerts

theatre and opera performances

places associated with smetana

Today, Bedřich Smetana is commemorated in numerous places around Prague: the Bedřich Smetana Museum (part of the National Museum); a monument on Novotného lávka; a memorial plaque on the house on the Old Town Square where the composer ran his music institute; a memorial plaque on the building of the Hlahol Association; and an obelisk by Josef Fanta on the composer’s grave in Vyšehrad Cemetery.

the years ending in 4 are considered the “years of Czech music.

musical anniversaries in years ending with a four

the year of czech music project

The project is coordinated by the Czech Philharmonic 

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