The Second Life of Master Jan Hus and Hussitism in the Music of the Czech Lands and Around the World from 1800 to 1848
|Keywords||Jan Hus, Jan Žižka, Hussitism, traditions, 1800-1848, second life in music|
|Citation||VELEK, Viktor. The Second Life of Master Jan Hus and Hussitism in the Music of the Czech Lands and Around the World from 1800 to 1848. Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby . Prague: National Museum, 2015, 7(1-2), 119-150. ISSN 1803-7828 (Print), 2533-5634 (Online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/mjotcmom/7-1-2/the-second-life-of-master-jan-hus-and-hussitism-in-the-music-of-the-czech-lands-and-around-the-world-from-1800-to-1848|
This study offers a comprehensive overview of the “second life” of Master Jan Hus and Hussitism in the music of the Czech Lands and around the world between 1800 and 1848. The introduction covers methodological aspects of research on national musical traditions and possibilities for their musicological treatment. The chapter dealing with incidental music to Kotzebue’s play Die Hussiten vor Naumburg suppléments and corrects existing knowledge of the subject matter. The following chapter surveys the importance of Krov’s song Husitská or Těšme se blahou nadějí (Hussite, or Let Us Rejoice in Blessed Hope) in the formation of the ideas of the Czech National Revivalists about the musical culture of the Hussites. A section dedicated to the first oratorio about Hus (C. G. Loewe) transitions smoothly into similar but lesser-known works by Moravian composers of the era before the revoit of March 1848. The study encompasses important developmental tendencies and puts them into the context of political and social developments, and based on a few examples, it demonstrates the close ties between the European and the Czech reception of the topic.