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Year of Czech Music 2014

Creativity and Cooperation

What means czech in music?
What means Czech in music? [PDF]

Classical music performers
in the Czech republic

Artistic patrons: mezzo soprano Magdalena Kožená and conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Honorary President: Jiří Bělohlávek, CBE - chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic
Political patron: Miloš Zeman, the president of Czech republic

The year 2014 is another remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers, and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries – from Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, and Josef Suk to Rafael Kubelík and Milada Šubrtová to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. As the attentive public may be aware, years ending in the numeral 4 are recognized as “years of music.” The tradition is very long and started in the year 1924 with celebration of Smetana´s anniversary.

The Ministry of Culture CR in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry for Regional Development of the CR, initiated the 2014 Year of Czech Music program with the primary objectives of supporting projects promoting Czech music both at home and abroad.

Within the European context, the program’s objective is to revive musical information and networks across the continent while also addressing individuals interested in Czech music, particularly foreign professionals. While state grant support is intended for Czech organizers, individuals from abroad can also get involved in the collective promotion or co-production of the projects and program.

The project’s key words “creativity” and “cooperation” underline another main goal: to increase the efficiency and impact of activity in the arts not only via financial support, but also via thematic and temporal coordination, cooperation, and shared creative invention. Very important is the dimension of the new ways of education, cooperation of schools with artistic organizations and the topic of building of audience.

Cultural context:

Czech and European music, “unity in diversity”

Ever since the reign of Charles IV, music composed on Czech territory has been part of a greater context: music of Europe’s culturally developed regions. Even as national states were formed in the 19th century, European culture has existed in a paradoxical “association in diversity” that has not and should not end in consolidation or hegemony. Culture is a tool that has helped us adopt Europe the place as our home, and music free of ideology can be an instrument of natural understanding. This means that Czech music can serve as a source of inspiration not only to Czechs, but also to Europeans and other world cultures.