The Dvořák Jubilee of 1941

Pages 28–52
Keywords Antonín Dvořák – Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – Culture Council of the Czech National Council, center for cultural and educational activity of the National Union – Czech Philharmonic – Václav Talich – Otakar Šourek – Antonín Dvořák Society – musical celebrations
Citation NOVÁ, Kateřina. The Dvořák Jubilee of 1941. Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby . Prague: National Museum, 2014, 6(1-2), 28–52. ISSN 1803-7828 (Print), 2533-5634 (Online). Also available from:
Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby | 2014/6/1-2

The Dvořák jubilee of 1941, i.e. the musical celebrations accompanying the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antonín Dvořák, was absolutely unique in terms of its scope, intensity, and the involvement of amateur musical ensembles. Over 3,500 musical events took place in just a year, with contributions by such important musical institutions as the Czech Philharmonic and the National Theatre, and the state radio broadcasting company also joined in the celebrations. The official Prague celebrations were organized by the Culture Council and its working committee led by Otakar Šourek, and hundreds of other events were held spontaneously throughout the territory of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The celebrations included a number of exhibitions, publications, releases of gramophone records, and commemorative objects.

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