The year 2007 was yet another good year for the Society, as we were able to initiate and assist several new important projects, some of which are long-term and will be completed in upcoming years. We also published a fifth volume of our online journal of women in music - The Kapralova Society Journal. The spring issue featured two texts on Kapralova: an article on Kapralova's piano music by Olga Settari (Masaryk University) and the fourth part of Karla Hartl's chronology of Kapralova's life events; the fall issue featured an article on Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel by Eugene Gates (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto).
A key event of the year was the world premiere of Kapralova's orchestral cantata Ilena in Besedni dum in Brno on May 31. The impetus for this initiative, which included finishing the orchestration of the score, came from the Society that also financially assisted the performance, realized by the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts Faculty of Music (JAMU). The project was greatly assisted by the faculty member and the member of our advisory committee, Dr. Jindra Bartova, who took upon the coordination of the project in Brno. Martin Kostas, a graduate student of composition at JAMU, finished the work's orchestration under the watchful eye of another faculty member, composer Arnost Parsch. The premiere took place during the concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Janacek Academy, featuring the Brno Philharmonic conducted by JAMU's student Ondrej Tajovsky, and the soloists Irena Lukacova, Vaclav Barth and Martin Frybort, with Roman Groszmann as reciter, all students of JAMU. Student and faculty choirs Brno Academic Choir and Gaudeamus Choir Brno were directed by the talented Katarina Maslejova who meticulously prepared the excellent choirs for performance in consultation with her teacher Josef Pancik. As a result, their performance of Kapralova's choral writing, which is the backbone of this piece, was inspiring. The premiere was recorded by the Czech Radio (Studio Brno) and broadcast in a radio premiere by Czech Radio 3 (Vltava) on November 9.
Other notable performances in 2007 included the US premiere of Five Pieces for Piano, op. 1 and Sonata Appassionata, op. 6. They were both performed by the excellent New England pianist Virginia Eskin on March 3 at the Keene State College in New Hampshire and broadcast live three days later from the WGBH Radio 89.7 studio in Boston, Massachusetts. Her performance was the sonata's first known performance since its premiere in 1934, when it was performed at a concert of the Brno Conservatory by Kapralova's classmate Frantisek Jilek (who was to become later one of the conductors of the Brno Philharmonic). On May 14, Kapralova's art song, January for voice and quintet, was given its European concert premiere by Irene Maessen, Eleonore Pameijer, Marijke van Kooten, Jacobien Rozemond, Michael Stirling, and Marcel Worms in Amsterdam. On July 28 the work received its Czech concert premiere during the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival (performed by Angela Peterson, Yuka Hayashi, Veronika Mojzesova, Petr Mojzes, Pavel Cadek, and Janet DeMoss). Finally, on December 26, the listeners of Czech Radio 3 could enjoy a radio revival of Kapralova's Prélude de Noël, performed by the Bohuslav Martinu Chamber Orchestra with Petr Vronsky (their performance was recorded for the Czech Radio by the Brno Studio).
The most often performed and broadcast works in 2007 included again the composer's art songs and chamber music. Kapralova's string quartet, her Leden for voice and quintet, Variations sur le Carillon, April Preludes, and other piano works were the most popular with both the performers and the broadcasters. Kapralova's music was also featured in two major radio series. The first was a 5-part series Componist van de week (Composer of the Week), written and produced by Thea Derks for VARA Radio 4, a public broadcaster in the Netherlands. This program was assisted by our Society and the Czech Radio (Studio Brno), and featured Kapralova's vocal, piano, chamber, and orchestral music. The second, a five-part series Pariz a zeny skladatelky (Paris and Women Composers), written and produced by Jan Hlavac for Czech Radio 3, featured Kapralova in the company of Germaine Tailleferre. In total, Kapralova's music was promoted in the record number of 23 radio broadcasts and the participating radio stations included three national broadcasters: Czech Radio 3, Vara 4, and Radio Österreich 1.
Kapralova's music was also programmed at several conferences and music festivals last year: at the MTNA Collaborative Conference 2007 in Toronto in March, at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Massachussets in June, at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague (Czech Republic) and the Styrian Festival in Graz (Austria) in July, at the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire in August, and at the Congreso Internacional de Mujeres en el Arte in Madrid in November.
In 2007, several articles about the composer appeared in specialized periodicals and popular magazines and dailies: The Kapralova Society Journal published Olga Settari's article "Vitezslava Kapralova's Piano Works" and Karla Hartl's research "Kapralova's Life Chronology (Part IV)." Uitkrant Amsterdam published a text by Thea Derks "Gloedvolle muziek van Vitezslava Kapralova," and MF Dnes Jana Soukupova's popular feature "Lasky a smrt Vitezslavy Kapralove." The composer was also mentioned in the article by Hynek Jurman "Omyly Tradovane: Chodili Mucha a Martinu kolem Sykovce?" printed in Bystricko. Kapralova also received a comprehensive entry in the online Music Directory Music und Gender im Internet, written by Gabriele Jonte and drawing on research published by our Society.
Kapralova's music received also a number of reviews in 2007. Two of them concerned the recordings of her music by Supraphon and ArcoDiva: the Supraphon recording (art songs) received a review by Peter Palmer (written for Tempo) and the ArcoDiva CD (string quartet) was reviewed by Peter Herbert for the Dvorak Society Newsletter. The first (critical) edition of Kapralova's piano sonata also received a review - from Olga Settari in Opus Musicum. There were also several performance reviews published last year. The world premiere of Kapralova's Ilena was reviewed by Jan Spacek for the largest Czech daily MF Dnes, by Jindra Bartova for the Czech musical monthly Hudebni rozhledy, and by Frantisek Nantl (Portal Ceske sbory); other works were reviewed by Jan Trka (for the Charles University Second Medical Faculty website) and Richard Houdek (Berkshire Eagle).
Kapralova's life and music was also a topic of three masters degree theses completed last year. Her piano preludes were analyzed by Marie Lapkova (University of Hradec Kralove) in her thesis entitled "Vitezslava Kapralova: Dubnova preludia (analyza dila)," Kapralova's orchestral works were discussed by Martin Kostas (Janacek Academy of Performing Arts) in his thesis "Instrumentacni promeny Vitezslavy Kapralove," and her childhood compositions were analyzed by Dagmar Janeckova in her thesis "Rana tvorba Vitezslavy Kapralove: skladby z detstvi."
women in music
In 2007, the Society made available another text on the subject of women and music in the fall issue of its online journal. The article " Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. A Life of Music within Domestic Limits" by Dr. Eugene Gates is a touching tribute to this remarkable composer of the Romantic era.
Our resources on women in music continue to receive positive feedback and attention of the online community on weblogs and discussion groups. We also continue to host pages of selected women composers and conductors and occassionally support first releases of music by Czech women composers. Last year, we have financially assisted the first CD of Olga Jezkova, a new music composer from the Czech Republic.
We wish to thank the following performers who promoted the composer's music in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States in 2007 (in alphabetical order): Marja Bon, Vaclav Barth, Brno Academic Choir, Brno Philharmonic, Andrea Brozakova, Pavel Cadek, Susan Campos, Stephanie Chase, Timothy Cheek, Cuarteto Acimus, Diane Cushing, Janet DeMoss, Virginia Eskin, Marino Formenti, Martin Frybort, Irena Furbachova, Gaudeamus Choir Brno, Peter Geisselbrecht, Lucie Hajkova, Yuka Hayashi, Whitney Hollis, Kapralova Quartet, Anna Jelinkova, Marijke van Kooten, Jarmila Kozderkova, Marie Lapkova, Michelle Latour, Irena Lukacova, Irene Maessen, Bohuslav Martinu Chamber Orchestra, Katarina Maslejova, Petr Mojzes, Veronika Mojzesova, Vojtech Novak, Naomi Oliphant, Eleonore Pameijer, Kathleen Payne, Angela Peterson, Soncia Szabo Reynolds, Jacobien Rozemond, Miron Smidak, Michael Stirling, Ondrej Tajovsky, Petr Vasicek, Marta Vaskova, Marta Angela Vavrova, Tomas Visek, Ladislava Vondrackova, Petr Vronsky, Daniel Weeks, and Marcel Worms.
We would also like to thank our partners, friends, and all the others who assisted our efforts in 2007: ACIMUS, Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, Amos Editio, Amsterdam Weekly, Jindriska Bartova, Michael Beckerman, Associazione Bequatro, Black Stump Newsletter, Bluffton University, Peter Bree, Susan Campos, Claudio Canal, Greggory Darrel Cannady, Angelica Castello, Timothy Cheek, Congresso Internacional de Mujeres en el Arte, Liane Curtis, Czech Museum of Music, Czech Radio (D-Dur), Czech Radio (Studio Brno), Czech Radio 3 (Vltava), Lidmila Dankova, Dayton Art Institute, Thea Derks, Divadlo J.K. Tyla, Jan Egerle, Erik Entwistle, Cathy Fuller, Eugene Gates, HAMU, Paul Hartl, Dagmar Henzlikova, Peter Herbert, Jan Hlavac, Richard Houdek, Janacek Academy of Performing Arts Faculty of Music, Dagmar Janeckova, Gabriele Jonte, Hynek Jurman, Katztown University, Keene State CollegeWomen's Studies, Kentucky State University, KFAI Radio Without Boundaries, KMFA 89.5 Austin, Martin Kostas, Antonin Kubalek, Marie Lapkova, Ray Latham, Vera Lejskova, Luister, Alexandra Lukasova, Judith Mabary, Jiri Macek, Jurek Massner, Katerina Mayrova, Kathryn Mishell, Eve Meyer, The Monadnock Music Festival, Bas Morsch, MusicWorks, MTNA, Frantisek Nantl, Veroslav Nemec, Peter Palmer, Josef Pancik, Arnost Parsch, Pipedreams Public Radio, Geoffrey Piper, Radio Österreich 1, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Olga Settari, Nakita Shedd, Shenandoah Conservatory, Ada Slivanska, Leo Smit Foundation, Jana Soukupova, Jan Spacek, Annemarie Spoek, The Styrian Festival, Transylvania University, Jan Trka, Uitrkant Amsterdam, University of Hradec Kralove School of Music, Marco del Vaglio, Vara Radio 4, Heinz Wallisch, WDAV 89.9 Public Radio (North Carolina), WGBH 89.7 Boston, and Xavier University Music Department.Prepared by Karla Hartl, Chair, The Kapralova Society. Toronto, April 2008.