Vítězslav Novák in the Context of Czech Music as a Whole: Thoughts about the Composer’s Fate

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Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Muzikološki zbornik
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords Vítězslav Novák; Czech Music
Description The Author presents this paper as a reflection on the reception of Novák’s oeuvre, a composer who played a prominent role in 20th century Czech music and whose music is not heard in concert halls these days. Vítězslav Novák (1870 – 1949) is the type of composer whose development is marked by a dynamic change in aesthetic norms. In his oeuvre there are canonical (classic) works and works that do not contribute to his process of development and overlooked and forgotten works worthy of our attention. Such distinctions are obviously undergoing vast changes.
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