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Czech Historical Personas

Jan Vaclav Stamic

Category: Musician

Learn more about Jan Vaclav Stamic Born in Deutschbrod, Bohemia on June 18, 1717, Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz (Czech: Jan Vaclav Antonin Stamic) was a Bohemian composer and violinist. From 1741/2 on, he spent most of his professional career as a court musician in Mannheim; he is considered the founder of the so-called Mannheim school. […]

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Jan Dismas Zelenka

Category: Musician

Learn more about Jan Dismas Zelenka The Czech Baroque composer and musician Jan Dismas Zelenka (October 16, 1679 – December 23, 1745) was baptized as Jan Lukas Zelenka. He is also known as Johann Dismas Zelenka or Johannes Lucas Ignatius Dismas Zelenka, and his music is appreciated for its unique and original harmonies. Zelenka was […]

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Frantisek Xaver Brixi

Category: Musician

Learn more about Frantisek Xaver Brixi Frantisek Xaver Brixi (1732 – 1771) was a Czech classical composer of the 18th century. His first name is sometimes given by reference works in its Germanic form, Franz. Biography Brixi was born in Prague, the son of composer Simon Brixi. He received his musical education at the Piarist […]

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Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky

Category: Musician

Learn more about Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky  (1684, Nymburk, Bohemia – 1742, Graz, Austria) was a Czech composer, organist and teacher of the baroque era. He wrote among other works motets, other choral works (a fugue Laudetur Jesus Christus is cited by the Baroque Music Library as an excellent example of its kind) […]

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Bohuslav Martinu

Category: Musician

Learn more about Bohuslav Martinu Bohuslav Martinu (December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was born in the tower of the St. Jakub Church in Policka, a town in Bohemia near the Moravian border. His father Ferdinand, a shoemaker, worked as the church sexton and the town’s fire watchman, positions that allowed the family to […]

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Bedrich Smetana

Category: Musician

Learn more about Bedrich Smetana Friedrich Smetana (March 2, 1824 – May 12, 1884), later known as Bedrich Smetana, was born in Litomysl near the traditional border between Bohemia and Moravia, which were then provinces of the Habsburg Empire. He was the third child and first son of Frantisek Smetana, a moderately wealthy brewer who […]

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Antonin Rejcha

Category: Musician

Learn more about Antonin Rejcha Antonin Rejcha (February 26, 1770 – May 28, 1836), known as Anton or Antoine Reicha, was a Czech-born French composer and music theorist. Due to his unwillingness to have his music published, he fell into obscurity soon after his death and his life and work have yet to be intensively […]

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Antonin Dvorak

Category: Musician

Learn more about Antonin Dvorak Antonin Leopold Dvorak (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was one of the first Czech composers to achieve widespread international acclaim. He was born in Nelahozeves, near Prague, in what was then the Austrian Empire. He was the first of eleven children born to Frantisek and Anna Dvorak, and […]

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Adam Vaclav Michna z Otradovic

Category: Musician

Learn more about Adam Vaclav Michna z Otradovic Adam Vaclav Michna z Otradovic – literally Adam Vaclav Michna of Otradovice – (c. 1600 –  1676). Jindrichuv Hradec was a Czech Catholic poet, composer, hymn writer, organist and choir leader of the early Baroque era. He is also known in simplified form as Adam Michna and […]

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