Founded 1974
Jakub Hrůša
Graham Melville-Mason
Antonín Dvořák III †
Radomil Eliška
Markéta Hallová
Miloš Jurkovič
Radoslav Kvapil
Alena Němcová
Sylvie Bodorovà

Dvořák Society Journal — Overview and Index

     Czech & Slovak Music, the Journal of the Dvořák Society, is a more formal and substantial publication than the quarterly Newsletter and is published periodically as availability of papers permits. The authors of the papers are generally internationally acknowledged experts in their fields. The contents of papers deal with various aspects of Czech and Slovak music and its personalities, performance and performers. The journal also includes authoritative reviews of books and recordings.


Availability of the Journal

Members of the Dvořák Society receive copies of the Journal on publication of each issue. Otherwise, copies of the Journal are lodged with United Kingdom National deposit libraries and certain other municipal and music libraries. It is possible to purchase copies (subject to availability) from our Sales Manager.


Web Site Abstracts

Abstracts of some issues of the Journal can be viewed on this web site by clicking the relevant links below. The Society is grateful thanks to our members Bill and Vera Marsden for producing these abstracts.

• Volume 11: includes material on –

  • Dvořák’s financial difficulties in America

• Volume 12: includes material on –

  • the composer Alexander Moyzes
  • the composer Josef Suk

• Volume 13: includes material on –

  • Dvořák and the Basset Horn
  • fact and fiction about Czech Composers

• Volume 14: includes material on –

  • Viktor Ullmann’s last opera The Emperor of Atlantis
  • Reicha’s Wind Quintets
  • Czech Melodrama
  • the Slovak composer Eugen Suchoň
  • Janáček’s attitudes to, and relationships with, women and the effect on his compositions
  • the Czech incarnation of the water nymph myth as Rusalka
  • The Moravian composer Antonín Tučapský

• Volume 15: includes material on –

  • Dvořák and the Symphony
  • Antonín Rejcha’s music for wind instruments
  • the notion of a Czech national opera
  • Janáček as a campaigning composer for the Czech cause
  • introduction to Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová
  • versions of Janáček’s Violin Sonata

• Volume 16 No. 1: includes material on –

  • Petr Eben’s views on contemporary music and his own approach to composition
  • contemporary music in Brno
  • Bohemian musicians in Great Britain in the second half of the 18th and the 19th Centuries

• Volume 16 No. 2: includes material on –

  • Martinů’s Search for the Meaning of Life and for Truth
  • Martinů’s links with London in the 1930s
  • the early reception of Dvořák’s music abroad
  • Dvořák’s Rusalka on film and video

• Volume 17 No. 1: includes material on –

  • the relationship between Smetana and Dvořák (and between their supporters)
  • musical influences by other composers on Dvořák
  • Dvořák’s inner world
  • the influence of Dvořák on Elgar.

• Volume 17 No. 2: includes material on –

  • misconceptions about Dvořák’s “naïvety”
  • the Vodník in Czech culture
  • Martinů’s opera “Julietta”
  • Preissová’s drama “Gazdina Roba”
  • Beecham and Dvořák.

• Volume 18 No. 1: includes material on –

  • the myth about Dvořák the apprentice butcher
  • Dvořák and the 19th century oratorio
  • Dvořák and Josefína Kounicová
  • Smetana’s “Libuše” and Dvořák’s “Vanda”.

• Volume 18 No. 2: includes material on –

  • Dvořák’s early musical education
  • Dvořák, black Americans and native Americans
  • Dvořák’s association with Spillville in the United States
  • American musical influences on Dvořák
  • the American journalist James Creelman
  • the financial aspects of Dvořák’s stay in the United States
  • arguments for and against the quality of Martinů’s music.

• Volume 19: includes material on –

  • harmonic experimentation in Dvořák’s music
  • whether certain compositions of Dvořák are American or Bohemian in character
  • Dvořák and the clarinet
  • musical relationship between Mahler and Smetana
  • Mahler and Czech culture
  • the 18th century composer Kammel
  • Martinů’s accident in Tanglewood
  • the contribution of Fibich to Czech music
  • the “Asrael Symphony” of Suk
  • musical influences on Foerster.

Volume 20: includes material on –

  • the dumka in the music of Dvořák and Janáčék
  • American National anthem and Dvořák
  • retouches and alterations in Smetana’s “Má Vlast”
  • relationship between Martinů and Vítězslava Kaprálová
  • Martinů and the death motif
  • Martinů in Cleveland
  • the 18th century composer Štěpán
  • Benda’s singspiels and Mozart
  • the melodramas of Suk
  • popular melodramas in the Czech lands
  • Czech and Slovak musical philately.

• Volume 21: includes material on –

  • the early years of the Dvořák Society
  • missing bars in Martinů Symphony No. 4
  • the Moravian contribution to Czech Music
  • Janáček and the lyricist Ozef Kalda
  • Dvořák’s music in 19th century Melbourne
  • Czech & Moravian court and household Orchestras in the 17th to 19th Centuries
  • the life and music of Vítězslava Kaprálová
  • Kaprálová’s Partita and Martinů
  • Martinů’s Moravian pupils Vítězslava Kaprálová and Jan Novák
  • Smetana’s operas
  • Karel Husa
  • the choral music of Antonín Tučapský
  • musical persecution under Nazism and Communism.

• Volume 22: includes material on –

  • Changes along the Overgrown Path: Janáček’s Attitudes to Smetana
  • Josef Suk >>
  • A Half Century with the Music of Bohuslav Martinů
  • Josef Suk’s Non-Obstinate Ostinato Movements : A Study of Harmony and Style
  • Myth, Legend and a Little Poetic Licence
  • Johannes Sperger: A Neglected Composer from Valtice
  • Charlotte Martinů (1894-1978): A Faithful Heart

• Volume 23: includes material on –

  • Martinu’s “Impressive Quiet”
  • Places of Residence of the Young Antonin Dvořák and His Parents, 1841-1860
  • Bedřich Smetana
  • Josef Bartoš’s View of Dvořák
  • Dvořák as Criticised in the Periodical Smetana and in the Writings by Members of its Editorial Circle

• Volume 24: includes material on –

  • Seamless, Original and Czech: Smetana’s Struggle to Produce a National Opera
  • The Kostelnička: A Life Before and After
  • The Fights over Dvořák as Reflected in Josef Suk’s Correspondence
  • Antonín Dvořák
  • Dvořák’s Abodes and Travels during his Bacherol Years, 1860-1873: Physical and Human Environments for his First Major Outpouring of Works.
  • Nejedlý’s Critique of Dvořák as an Opera Composer
  • 1941: The Dvořák Centenary Celebrations in London and Elsewhere in the United Kingdom
  • Rudolf Firkušný in Concert Hall and Studio

• Volume 25: includes material on –

  • The Piano Rhapsodies of Jan Václav Voříšek
  • Smetana’s Illness Unravelled
  • Dvořák’s Abodes and Travels During the First Years of His Marriage (1873-77)
  • Talich: On the Problem of National Purification (Part 1)

• Volume 26: includes material on –

  • A first supplement to the Vilém Tauský discography
  • Towards a stemma of the MS sources of Dvořák’s Mass in D
  • Czech music through the eyes (and ears) of an Englishman
  • Uncovering early Martinů
  • The November 1943 London production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevĕsta)
  • Václav Jan Tomášek’s Goethe lieder
  • Oskar Nedbal (1874–1930)
  • Talich: On the problem of national purification (Part Two)
  • A second supplement to the Rudolf Firkušný discography

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