Founded in 1974, the Dvořák Society, is one of the most active music societies in Britain. Though it is firmly based in Great Britain, it has members in many countries. The Society promotes interest in and encourages performances of music by all Czech and Slovak composers and artists, past and present — in this country and elsewhere — and publishes articles and information about all aspects of Czech and Slovak musical life. The Society’s services and publications are widely respected.
Since the Dvořák Society was founded in 1974, the world has changed in ways that most people could not have imagined: but the Dvořák Society still has a role to play because the importance of the Czech and Slovak contribution to classical music remains under-appreciated.
Beyond Dvořák’s last three symphonies and the American string quartet there is a great deal of masterly music to explore including his operas. Even more than Dvořák, Smetana remains generally known for a handful of pieces. Every music lover knows Vltava and the overture to The Bartered Bride, but a performance of the complete Má vlast (My Country) is still quite rare outside the Czech Republic and is always a special event. Martinů’s rehabilitation is making progress but much remains to be done on his behalf. Janáček’s operas and quartets are now deservedly an established part of the international repertoire, but Josef Suk’s orchestral music remains largely the preserve of the specialist when it deserves a place alongside the compositions of Mahler (whose own Bohemian roots are frequently undervalued).
Composers before Smetana — such as Biber (1644 – 1704), Zelenka (1679 – 1745) and Rejcha (Reicha) (1770 – 1836, a teacher of Berlioz) — demonstrate the importance of the Bohemian contribution to the baroque, classical and early romantic movements in european music. Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915 – 1940) and Sylvie Bodorová (born 1954) are important figures in breaking down the barriers to the acceptance of women composers, as well as being substantial musical figures.
Here are a few examples of our activities —
You do not need to have a deep technical knowledge of music to enjoy and benefit from membership of the Dvořák Society. Our members come from all walks of life, including many non-musicians as well as professional and amateur musicians. They range from ordinary music lovers to internationally acknowledged experts. The one thing we all have is a love of Czech and Slovak music.
Membership of the Dvořák Society brings:
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Musicological questions and journal material —
Hon Secretary —
Membership questions —
Terry Heard (Membership Secretary)
Corporate membership questions —
Library service —
The contents of the Dvořák Society Library will in future be held at Cardiff University … > more
Sales of publications and other items —
Antony Gordon (Sales Manager)
Record service —
Bill Marsden (Record Service Administrator)
Web pages —
Ray Latham (Webmaster)
21 Clissold Court,
13 Church Lane,
6 Loxwood Road,
Membership Secretary —
67 Lewisham Hill,
London SE13 7PL m
Corporate Membership Administrator —
2 Field Place Cottages