Bratislava ako hudobny fenomen v poslednej tretine 19. Storocia
Bratislava as a musical phenomenon in the last third of the 19TH century
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In Bratislava (Pressburg, Pozsony, Presporok), which remained an important centre of musical culture during the last third of the 19th century, a differentiated, richly structured musical life continued to develop. It encompassed various forms and occasions of musical cultivation, sacred and profane music, activities of musical societies, concerts, musical theatre, chamber music, domestic music-making, art music and popular music. The central institution was the Church Music Association at St. Martin’s Cathedral (Kirchenmusikverein zu St. Martin), which apart from church productions also regularly organised concerts of the secular music. Exceptional interest was aroused by the work of F. Liszt, who personally visited Bratislava several times. The most important local composers (K. Mayrberger, J. Thiard-Laforest, L. Burger) were adherents of late romanticism. Bratislava’s musical milieu was formed in an interaction with visiting musicians, and among those who grew up in this creative environment were some internationally famous musical personalities (F. Schmidt, E. von Dohnanyi, B. Bartok).
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