Tag: František Havran

An Appeal to the Czech Music Community/Prosba k české hudební obci

An Appeal to the Czech Music Community/Prosba k české hudební obci There’s something fishy about this editorial …/Něco tu úplně nevoní [Českou verzi článku naleznete níže.] You might think that Czech culture would enshrine everything Czech that is dear to the nation. Sadly, this is not the case. The Czech carp, more Czech than even the Bohemian lion, seems to have been completely ignored, at least in the sphere of…

Friday, February 10, 2012: Time Out

Take Time Out to Catch Up on the News We’re pausing from our usual format just for today to share some positive, Opus Osm news: New! Archive! Look at the black bar at the top of every Opus Osm page – you’ll see the Archive tab. Click to find every article we’ve ever published, right from our very first issue of September 2010. Improved! Calendar! We’ve always had an Events…

Tuesday, January 17,2012: Where Is My Home?

Where Is My Home? — The Voice Behind the Anthem You probably are acquainted with the melody of the Czech national anthem “Kde Domov Můj?” (“Where is my Home?”). But did you know that it’s based on a song from the musical comedy Fidlovačka, or No Anger and No Brawl, written by composer František Škroup and playwright Josef Kajetán Tyl? It was their attempt to assert Czech national identity on…

Thursday, December 1, 2011: Fish for Christmas

Fish for Christmas Some foreigners, especially turkey-oriented aliens, may find it rather strange, but the modern Czech Christmas is closely associated with fish. First they have the venerable carp, who appears fried in breadcrumbs on festive Christmas Eve tables in practically every Czech household. Then comes another fish, this time, however, more associated with musical scales. After all, the word for fish in Czech is Ryba, and that was the…

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011:Protected Species?

Should Nymphs Be a Protected Species? A Visit to Vysoká I have to admit that I have never been a fan of opera, Czech or any other, which is a wonderful statement to make at the beginning of an article for Opus Osm. There are, however, a few exceptions. I personally am not to blame for this inconsistency, as about ten years ago my anti-operatic prejudices were lured onto the…

Wed, August 31, 2011: Juggling Music

Guest Editorial: Juggling Music, Motives, and Ideology Czech national aspirations, which also involved ideological considerations, played an important role in the creative lives of the Czech Republic’s “famous four” – Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček, and Martinů. Dvořák and Smetana saw themselves distinctly as cultural representatives of the Czech national revival. And not only that! The year 1848 saw the young Smetana on the barricades in Prague in a brave yet hopeless…

Tuesday, August 23, 2011:On Music & Money

Guest Editorial On Music and Money In a previous editorial (August 3) Mr Havran wrote about how access to education and institutions has helped the Czech nation earn its title as “a nation of musicians.” Today he looks at how access has contributed to the sidelining of classical music. The financial markets are on an ever-steepening roller-coaster ride. This is a convenient scapegoat to blame for the sidelining of classical…

Wed., Aug 3, 2011: A Nation of Musicians

Guest Editorial The Czech Republic, “A Nation of Musicians”? Whenever you stumble upon promotion materials about the Czech Republic, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a section devoted to Czech music. You will be told how the Czechs are a “nation of musicians.” And inevitably you will find the hackneyed Czech saying claiming that all Czechs are musicians: “Co Čech, ten muzikant!” Nobody would argue that the…