Česká hudba ve Francii v meziválečném období
CZECH MUSIC IN FRANCE BETWEEN TWO WORLD WARS
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An outlook on the, until now, almost unresearched subject of the Czech and French music links between the two World Wars, reveals many levels of their unusual richness. Endorsment of the French Revolution ideals, the Francophile Bohemian nobility of the 19th century, as well as the following political orientation towards France in the war and post-war periods, influenced in a decisive way many types of arts. Links between the two cultures broadened in the fields of the arts, literature, drama as well as music (Manes). The Parisian colonies of Czech artists (Martinu, Kupka, Sima, and others) and their contacts, became a source of rich connections between the individua artistic trends. In the process of reception of Czech music in France the local 'societes de concert' played an important role, orientated towards the development of contemporary chamber music, with interest in foreign composers. Of decisive importance here was the Societe 'Triton', also in connection of the radio broadcasts of its concerts. The chronological list of the concerts of Czech music in Paris between the two wars represents an important source for future research of this subject.
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