Tuesday 3 November 2015

Vítězslava Kaprálová, 1915-1940 (Czech composer and conductor)

* Vítězslava Kaprálová conducted the Czech Philharmonic in 1937 and a year later the BBC Symphony Orchestra in her composition "Military Sinfonietta," to much critical acclaim. Her husband was the Czech writer Jiří Mucha, whom she married two months before she died. Despite her untimely death, allegedly from miliary tuberculosis, in Montpellier, France at the age of 25, Kaprálová created an impressive body of work. There is no doubt that, had she lived, she would have become one of the most important women composers in Europe.

BIRTH DATA: 24 January 1915, 17:45 (5:45pm) CET (-1), Brno, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (49n12, 16e37). ASC: 17 leo. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from The Kaprálová Companion by Karla Hartl (Lexington, 2011), pp. 121/140: "1915. Sunday, January 24 (6:00 p.m.)--Vítězslava Kaprálová is born in Brno . . . In a curriculum vitae of Vitezslava Kapralova, written after the composer's death by her mother, Viktorie, for the musicologist Jaroslav BuZga of the National Museum in Prague, Viktorie Kapralova mentions that her daughter was born at 6:00 pm. In her reminiscence written for a collection of texts ..., however, she indicates 5:30 p.m. as the hour of birth."

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