Previously Unknown Correspondence between Josef Bohuslav Foerster and František Bílek
|Keywords||Josef Bohuslav Foerster – František Bílek – correspondence – estate – Czech Museum of Music – Czech Academy of Science and the Arts – Chýnov|
|Citation||FOJTÍKOVÁ, Jana . Previously Unknown Correspondence between Josef Bohuslav Foerster and František Bílek. Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby . Prague: National Museum, 2014, 6(1-2), 73–109. ISSN 1803-7828 (Print), 2533-5634 (Online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/mjotcmom/6-1-2/previously-unknown-correspondence-between-josef-bohuslav-foerster-and-frantisek-bilek|
The composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859–1951) and the versatile visual artist František Bílek (1872–1941) maintained cordial relations for more than forty years. Their mutual correspondence between 1899 and 1941 kept at the National Museum – Czech Museum of Music bears witness to that friendship. The following study, the focal point of which is a chronologically ordered edition of selected letters with commentary, provides detailed information about this previously unknown set of source material and about the two artists. Thanks to the correspondence, we learn new biographical details and we have the opportunity of examining over a wide time span the spiritual world of two important figures of Czech culture that had its foundations in a deeply felt Christian faith.