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Bohuslav Martinů

Online concerts "... and yet they still resound!" on the website and YouTube channel Opera Národního divadla. Martinů: from 24. 3. 2021

Musica non grata

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Basic information



Approximate running time

18 minutes, no intermission


March 24, 2021

Online concert
watch online free of charge from 24 March 2021

Recording of concert available online from 24 March 2021


  • 2021-2022


Musica non grata, an international cultural project of the National Theatre and the German Embassy in Prague, presents a series of online concerts with music by Nazi-persecuted composers. Bohuslav Martinů belongs to the Musica non grata composers due to his political views, not by origin and race. In Paris he was active in the Czechoslovak National Liberation Committee against the Nazi Germany.

Špalíček, a sung ballet, is a work of the early 1930s.  In Špalíček he works with the folk texts from different folk collections. This music is immensely beautiful and exciting, and it’s considered as the beginning of Martinů’s so called Czech national period. Martinů worked his way to this stage by composing very experimental, dramatic sometimes even dissonate music. 

Serenade for the chamber orchestra was written in 1930 for Martinů’s teacher Albert Roussel. It premiered already in 1931, conducted by Walther Straram and it became one of his most played pieces.

Aleš Březina, musicologist and Bohuslav Martinů Institute Director


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