The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music


Vilém Tauský CBE FGSM 1910–2004



Pages: 296, illustrated (number & type of illustrations: colour cover (front and back) + 63 black and white photographs, musical notations, and reproductions of postcards and musical ephemera.

Sub-titled “A celebration of his life and achievements published with affectionate remembrance in his centenary year”, this book is a tribute to the composer, conductor and teacher Vilém Tauský CBE FGSM. Born in Moravia and trained at the Brno Conservatoire he arrived in the United Kingdom in 1940 with the Free Czechoslovak Army. After WWII he became a naturalised British citizen and was well known as an opera conductor at Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. After 10 years with the BBC Concert Orchestra he joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music eventually heading Opera Studies and the advanced Conducting course.

The contents of the book are as follows:

  • Foreword: by the late Sir Charles Mackerras CH AC CBE
  • Leoš Janáček – a recollection: by Vilém Tauský
  • Dvořák’s Rusalka: by Vilém Tauský
  • The Conductor: by Vilém Tauský
  • Vilém Tauský – A personal memoir: by Fraser Goulding
  • Vilém Tauský – A recollection by Philip Hesketh
  • The Life and Times of Vilém Tauský —
    • Tauský at home, 1910-1939: by Karel Janovický
    • The Military Career of Private Tauský, 1929-1945: by Richard Beith
    • Tauský in Great Britain, 1945-2004: by Karel Janovický
  • Three Letters to Vilém: by Graham Melville-Mason
  • The Repertoire of Vilém Tauský: by Graham Melville-Mason
  • Vilém Tauský and the history of Rusalka in the British Isles between 1939 and 1969: by Peter Herbert
  • 2005 – A Year of Commemoration: by Brenda Rayson
  • A Vilém Tauský Discography: by Richard Beith
  • References to Vilém Tauský in the British Library National Sound Archive (NSA)
  • Compositions by Vilém Tauský, an annotated list.



Compiled and edited by Richard Beith




The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music, 2010

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Soft covers: ISBN 978-09532769-8-1
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