Czech Music Summary 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
100EPCH1 Z 2 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Upon completion of Survey of Czech History 1, students will be oriented to the various periods of Czech music development. They understand the connections between general historical events and the musical situation in the Czech lands. They are familiar with the major figures and the most famous works and are able to place them in their respective periods. They are familiar with important sources of information in English (biographies, databases, foundations, critical editions, periodicals).

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

Average level of English language.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

The course introduces students to the history of music in the territory corresponding to the present-day Czech Republic from the earliest written records to the present. Interpretation is linked to significant events in general European history, and emphasis is placed on understanding the social, religious and political contexts and their specifics. The course will provide students with a broader context for studying the compositions of Czech authors. It is followed by another semester devoted to specific personalities and specific themes across historical periods.

Thematic areas:

  1. The Middle Ages (ca. 850-1440).
  2. Renaissance (ca. 1440-1620).
  3. Baroque (ca 1620-1740).
  4. Classicism (ca 1740-1820).

5. 1st half of the 19th century (ca 1810-1860).

  1. National Revival (1860-1900).

7. 1st half of the 20th century.

  1. Post-1945 period.
  2. Contemporary music scene.

Recommended or required reading

Compulsory study literature:

Czech music. 1st print. Prague: Theatre Institute, 2005. ISBN 80-7008-175-9

also accessible as a website:

Recommended study literature:

Aspekte der Musik, Kunst und Religion zur Zeit der Tschechischen Moderne: Aspects of music, arts and religion during the period of Czech Modernism. Ed. Aleš Březina. Bern: Peter Lang, 2009. ISBN 978-3-03910-856-5

ČERNÝ, Jaromír. Historická antologie hudby v českých zemích: (do cca 1530). Praha: KLP, 2005. ISBN 80-86791-11-4

Czech Music Information Centre database:

Czech Music Quarterly (periodical)

Czechoslovak music I: Bohemia and Moravia. Praha: Orbis, 1948.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.. London: MacMillan Publishers, 1980.

VIČAR, Jan. Imprints: essays on Czech music and aesthetics. Olomouc: Palacký University, 2005.

Assessment methods and criteria

For Erasmus students:

Credit examination is awarded based on: attendance, activity in the course and a written essay. The overall evaluation is comprised of 70% for attendance and activity in the course and 30% for the written course work.

For students who have the subject as obligatory:

Credit examination is awarded based on: written test of the material covered in the winter semester. The student is expected to study the compulsory literature.

Minimum required attendance 70%.



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 2057
Učebna 2057

(Liechtenstein Palace)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 10:30–12:00 Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ Učebna 2057
Liechtenstein Palace
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans