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Musica non grata: Zemlinsky-Mozart

Festival Zemlinsky150

Španělská synagoga
Festival Zemlinsky150
Musica non grata

Basic information


Španělská synagoga

Approximate running time

54 minutes, no intermission

The concert is part of the Zemlinsky 150 festival

ND+ Dramaturgical introduction:
Musicologist Antony Beaumont introduces the composer Alexander Zemlinsky and his life in Prague. The lecture is in English. The Czech text of the lecture will be available on the spot.

We invite you to a moderated walk-through Prague after the Zemlinsky-Mozart concert in the Spanish Synagogue.  

When you buy two or more tickets for concerts and / or other events within the festival, you will receive a 20% discount.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Zemlinsky , a composer, conductor and pedagogue, a music festival will be held on October 8-10, 2021 in his honor. Four chamber concerts will take place as part of the festival, featuring compositions by Zemlinsky and his contemporaries and composers who were personally close to him. The festival will finish with a concert at the State Opera on October 10, where a fragment from the opera Malva, which was orchestrated by musicologist Antony Beaumont, will be presented in its world premiere. The Zemlinsky Quartet, the Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera, opera soloists and foreign guests Johanni van Oostrum, Michael Nagy and cellist Claudio Bohorquez will perform.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025

About concert

For a long time the String quartet was regarded as the royal class of composing. Anyone who considered himself as a real composer wrote quartets. So did Zemlinsky. His String quartet No. 3 was composed during his Prague period and is modern as well as sophisticated in their tonal language. It will be presented in direct confrontation with famous other works of the genre. Zemlinsky’s String quartet No. 3 is heard next to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous “Dissonance Quartet”. Zemlinsky was not only a composer and teacher, but also active as conductor. For more than 17 years he was Music director at the State Opera and famous far beyond the city’s borders for his interpretations: especially of the works by Mozart.

Alexander Zemlinsky: String quartet No. 3, op. 19
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, „Dissonance“