Cecilská jednota a Antonín Dvořák
Prague Cecilia society and Antonín Dvořák
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Whilst studying at the Organ School, Antonín Dvořák was also playing viola for the Cecilia Society, an important musical organisation in Prague. So far, musicologists have paid relatively little attention to this area of the composer’s activity as a performer. The Cecilia Society played a part in the emergence of the newly developing phenomenon of public concerts, and it was one of the first societies in this country that was oriented towards the performance of larger-scale works for choir, choir and orchestra, and orchestra alone. Primarily on the basis of source material on the matter in question that has not yet been studied or, in some cases, that was previously unknown, the study provides an overview of the development, organisational structure, and membership base of the Cecilia Society with an emphasis on the period when Dvořák was active in the organisation.
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