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2014

There was a wide variety of Kapralova related projects and events produced in 2014, ranging from the Czech Philharmonic's Prague premiere of the composer's Concertino for Violin, Clarinet, and Orchestra to a radio play on the composer's life (written by Hana Roguljic for Czech Radio 3). Also last year, Supraphon re-relased their 1975 recording "Portret skladatelky" (Portrait of a composer), and made it available for download on iTunes. The release offers the only commercially available version of Kapralova's Suita Rustica. Czech Radio in turn made available, on their radioteka.cz site, Kapralova's melodrama Karlu Capkovi (To Karel Capek) and the composer's orchestral miniature Prélude de Noël - also the only recordings currently available on the market. In addition, they released two versions of Kapralova's String Quartet (the uncut version by the Skampa Quartet and a shorter version by the Kapralova Quartet) and a version of Kapralova's Military Sinfonietta (by Pilsen Symphony). The most important among the Kapralova projects that were initiated and assisted (or collaborated on) by our Society was the publication of two scores: Kapralova's Piano Concerto in D Minor (published by Czech Radio) and the Tales of a Small Flute (published by Amos Editio).

In 2014, Kapralova's music continued to be performed and broadcast worldwide. The most anticipated event of the year was the performance of Kapralova's unfinished Concertino, op. 21 by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Jakub Hrusa and with soloists Irena Herajnova (violin) and Lukas Dittrich (clarinet). Other notable performances included the Benyounes Quartet's rendition of Kapralova's String Quartet and the performance of the composer's Partita for Piano and Strings by Alice Rajnohova and Ensemble Opera Diversa conducted by Gabriela Tardonova.

The composer's music was also presented at five music festivals and one international music competition last year. Equator Festival in London (United Kingdom) programmed Kapralova's String Quartet performed by the Benyounes Quartet. The Women Composers Festival of Hartford (United States) programmed the composer's song collection Seconds, sung by Michelle Latour. The Janacek International Festival of Brno (Czech Republic) featured the composer's April Preludes and Scherzo Passacaglia, performed by Alice Rajnohova. The composer's Grotesque Passacaglia was performed by Dora Novakova-Wilmington at the Concentus Moraviae Festival (Czech Republic), while Kutna Hora Music Festival (Czech Republic) programmed Kapralova's chorus "Maticce" (To mother), sung by the Jitro children's choir. The 49th Dvorak International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) heard Kapralova's art songs from several semifinalists and finalists. Kapralova's music was also featured in seven radio broadcasts last year, and the countries included Australia, Czech Republic, and the United States.

Kapralova's music was reviewed for several magazines and webzines last year. Nuova e Nostra printed a review of the Czech Radio recording of Kapralova's String Quartet, released in October 2012 with the assistance of our Society (reviewer Marco del Vaglio). Cesky dialog published a concert review mentioning Marketa Janackova's rendition of April Preludes (Martina Fialkova) and Opera PLUS printed a concert review mentioning Kapralova's song cycle For Ever (Simon Koreny). Finally, mestohudby.cz posted online reviews of Dora Novakova-Wilmington's rendition of Kapralova's Grotesque Passacaglia (reviewer Jiri Benes) and Alice Rajnohova's performance of Kapralova's Partita (reviewer Aneta Bendova).

There were also two notable contributions to Kapralova's book bibliography in 2014-one in English and one in Czech-by authors Timothy Cheek (publ. Rowman & Littlefield) and Jiri Macek (publ. Litera Proxima). Timothy Cheek's revised and expanded edition of his pioneering work of 2001, Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire, included a chapter on Kapralova. Jiri Macek's revised and expanded edition of his original monograph Vitezslava Kapralova from 1958 drew on several sources published after the first edition, among them most heavily on Jiri Mucha's novel-autobiography Podivne lasky (Strange loves). In addition to these texts, Kapralova was the subject of a number of articles. The Kapralova Society Journal featured two: an article on the discovery and reconstruction of Kapralova's orchestral song Sad Evening (written by Timothy Cheek) and an analysis of Kapralova's art song Waving Farewell (written by Cristina Castaldi). Other texts appeared in various Czech magazines and webzines, including Magazin Ceske filharmonie (Jakub Raus), Magazin Vltava (Jan Hlavac and Renata Venclova), Opera PLUS (Jakub Hrusa) and Play.cz (Remy Martin).


Women in Music

In 2014, the Society put out the twelth volume of the Kapralova Society Journal, publishing research on composers Kapralova (Timothy Cheek and Cristina Castaldi) and Goering (Alice Abraham), and re-printing an interview with French conductor Laurence Equilbey (Lydia Perovic).

Thanks to worldwide volunteers, our databases of women composers and conductors and other online resources on women in music continue to expand and attract visitors to our website. While the databases are frequently bookmarked by online discussion groups, many college libraries also link to our journal and the woman composer question bibliography.


Acknowledgement:

We would like to thank the following artists who performed Kapralova's music in Canada, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, and the United States: Hedar Ahman, Leigh Akin, Thomas Bandy, Benyounes Quartet, David Bergeron, Leah Bobbey, Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, Elizabeth Cameron, Cesár Cañón, Timothy Cheek, Amy I Lin Cheng, Patrice Chevy, Saori Chiba, Joshua Curtis, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Davis, Kayleigh Decker, Kellen Degnan, Lukas Dittrich, Jody Doktor, Natalie Doran, Ensemble Opera Diversa, Julia Farbstein, Peter Geisselbrecht, Chad Heltzel, Irena Herajnova, Marina Hogue, Jakub Hrusa, Nicholas Hutchinson, Marketa Janackova, JITRO Children's choir, Alena Kohoutova, Kirill Kuzmin, Anthony Lafrinier, Michelle Latour, Lucie Laubova, Gunta Laukmane, Chaazi Levicek, Jiri Levicek, Brian Locke, Susan McDaniel, Shannon McGinnis, Kathryn Michell, Ingrid Mikolajczyk, Arwen Myers, Kate Nadolny, Kripa Nageshwar, Jana Nevoralova, Angela Nieman, Dora Novakova-Wilmington, Ana Maria Otamendi, Lambroula Maria Pappas, Jessica Paul, Laura Perkett, Alice Rajnohova, Lonnie Reed, Ivana Rusko, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, Jaroslav Saroun, Dagmar Saskova, Leann Schuering, Ivan Seng, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Michael Sherman, Stephen Shipps, Katerina Skacelova, Jiri Skopal, Pavla Svestkova, Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, Gabriela Tardonova, Genevieve Thiers, Kylie Toomer, Dale Tsang, Alexander Turpin, and Vendula Urbanova.

We also wish to thank our members, partners, friends, and all the others who promoted the composer and/or assisted our efforts in 2014: Alice Abraham, All Clasical FM Portland, Amos Editio, Aneta Bendova, Jiri Benes, Frantisek Bilek, Ales Brezina, Brno Conservatory, Ivo Brzobohaty, Cristina Castaldi, Cesky dialog, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Concentus Moraviae Festival, Alejandro Corona, Czech Centre in Paris, Czech Museum of Music, Czech Radio 3, Czech Radio Publishing House, Greg Dayton, Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition, Martin Dvorak, Equator Festival, Virginia Eskin, Martina Fialkova, Eugene Gates, Barry Gorman, HAMU Library, Jan Hlavac, Jana Horka, Janacek International Festival Brno, Olga Jezkova, Kelso Music Society, Katerina Konopaskova, Simon Koreny, Kutna Hora Music Festival, Martin Ledvinka, Litera Proxima, Luther College, Jiri Macek, Magazin Ceske filharmonie, Magazin Vltava, mestohudby.cz, Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Moravian Master Class in Namest nad Oslavou, Moravian Museum Department of Music, Muzeum Bedricha Smetany, Veroslav Nemec, NoD Roxy, Northbrook Public Library, Nuova e Nostra, Oberlin Conservatory, Opera PLUS, Parisian Salon Concerts, Lydia Perovic, Ondrej Pivoda, ProART Company, Tom Quick, Radio 4MBS Classic FM, Radioservis, Jakub Raus, Hana Roguljic, Romanticky novomestsky klavir 2014, Salon Concerts, Scarecrow Press, Zoja Seyckova, Jan-Olof Sjöström, Spectrum, Marie Stastna, Supraphon, University of British Columbia School of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Marco del Vaglio, Veronika Vejvodova, Renata Venclová, Ales Vrzak, Western Michigan University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and Xavier University.


Prepared by Karla Hartl, Chair, The Kapralova Society. Toronto, January 2015.

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