Czech Music Summary 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
100EPCH2 Z 2 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Having completed this course, students gained personal experience with selected works by Czech composers. They have a concrete idea of the compositional procedures and notation used by innovative Czech composers (Kabeláč, Hába, Fišer). Thanks to the diverse focus of the lectures, the students are equipped for independent critical study of Czech compositions. They know where to find biographical information, recordings, documents, and scores.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

Average level of English language.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

The course builds on the previous semester, which focuses on understanding the overall history of Czech music. Through a series of monographs, the course introduces students to specific composers and works, primarily in chronological order, but comparative sections cross multiple periods. Organological and analytical vignettes are included too. Priority is given to listening to complete works with scores that are less readily available abroad. Students are introduced not only to specific composers, but also to theorists, performers, major ensembles and the issue of editions (Janáček, Kabeláč).

Thematic areas:

  1. Examples of medieval mono- and polyphony, various genres, notation.
  2. Kryštof Harant of Polžice, Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, Renaissance instruments.
  3. Michna, Vejvanovský.
  4. Fugue in Czech music (Černohorský, Zelenka, Smetana).
  5. Rejcha (composer and theorist).
  6. Compositions for piano (Dusík, Voříšek, Tomášek).
  7. Smetana - symphonic poems (analyses by O. Zich)
  8. Dvořák, specifics of his harmony.
  9. Suk, Novák
  10. Janáček, comparison of editions.
  11. Hába, Martinů, Schulhoff.
  12. Kabeláč and his pupils.
  13. Fišer, Eben.
  14. Ostrava Days and Nuberg.

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:

BERNÁ, Lucie. Bohuslav Martinů: a view of his life & music. Praha: Bohuslav Martinů Institute, 2008. ISBN 978-80-254-2974-7

BURGHAUSER, Jarmil. Antonín Dvořák: thematický katalog: bibliografie: přehled života a díla = Thematisches Verzeichnis: Bibliographie: übersicht des Lebens und des Werkes; Thematic Catalogue: bibliography : survey of life and work. 2. vyd. Praha: Bärenreiter Editio Supraphon, 1996. ISBN 80-7058-410-6

CRUMP, Michael. Martinů and the symphony. London: Toccata, 2010. ISBN 978-0-907689-65-2

FREEMAN, Daniel E. Josef Mysliveček, „Il boemo“: the man and his music. Michigan: Harmonie Park Press, 2009. ISBN 0-89990-148-4

Karel Husa: a composer´s life in essays and documents. Ed. Mark A. Radice. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002. ISBN 0-7734-6975-3

KATZ, Derek. Janáček beyond the borders. First published. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-58046-309-6

NEJEDLÝ, Zdeněk. Smetana: the great master. London, 1945.

RYBKA, F. James. Bohuslav Martinů: the compulsion to compose. Lanham Toronto Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8108-7761-0

ST. PIERRE, Kelly. Bedřich Smetana: myth, music, and propaganda. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-58046-510-6

STOCKIGT, Janice B. Jan Dismas Zelenka: a Bohemian musician at the court of Dresden. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-19-816622-2

Tomášek, Václav Jan. Wenzel Johann Tomaschek (1774-1850): an autobiography. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-57647-247-7.

VOGEL, Jaroslav. Leoš Janáček: a biography. 3rd rev. ed., 1st in Academia. Praha: Academia, 1997. ISBN 80-200-0622-2

TYRELL, John. Janáček: years of a life. Vol. 1 (1854-1914), The lonely blackbird Vol. 2 (1914-1928), Tsar of the forests. London: Faber &Faber 2006, 2007

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 oral examination from the listed topics. The student is expected to study the compulsory literature. Minimum required attendance 70%.



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