Musica non grata
… and yet it still resounds
In the four seasons to come, Musica non grata will reintroduce the music of interwar Prague that Nazis intended would never be enjoyed again. After many decades, musicians of the National Theatre Orchestra and the State Opera Orchestra will perform compositions by Czech and German authors condemned by the Nazis as “degenerate art”.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Prague was a city, where the Czech, German and Jewish cultures “clashed” in the best sense possible. Unique works of literature, theatre, architecture and music were created here with their cultural importance far exceeding the borders of the region. Prague became one of the centres of European music and social life, which – alas – came to an abrupt end with the rise of Nazi power. From the many artist active in Prague at that time, the fortunate ones were able to continue their work in exile, while others had to stop their artistic activities altogether. And yet many more great artists were imprisoned by the Nazis at the pinnacle of their creative careers and sent to die in labour or concentration camps. Those included also numerous composers, especially those of Czech-German-Jewish origin.
Musica non grata is scheduled to span four seasons in the National Theatre and the State Opera. Its program includes both well-known and lesser-known operas, symphonic and chamber compositions of Prague’s avantgarde. The concerts and performances will be accompanied by exhibitions, conferences, workshops, debates and film screenings. The project will feature an online public database of composers and artists active in Prague between 1919 and 1938.
First and foremost, Musica non grata is a celebration of music as a creative human force, pays homage to a legacy of human dignity and presents an opportunity to rediscover music that can never be really silenced, that still resounds and must resound for centuries to come.
Project is financially supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Find out more at www.musicanongrata.cz