Miroslav Barvik
Tamara Blahova
Pavel Blatny
Hannah Bos
Tim Buck
Daniel Camsky
Roman Coppola
Martin Dvorak
Ladislav Faltejsek
Erik Entwistle
Robert Gurdonark
Martin Hlavaty
Jana Hlavova
Tomas Jarkovsky
Vaclav Kapral
Milan Knobloch
Daniela Kosinova
Katerina Kraftova
Miroslav Kubovy
Rudolf Kundera
Bohuslav Martinu
Simon Mawer
Renate Moran
Jiri Mucha
Milica Paranosic
Pavla Quinn
Marina Richterova
Hana Roguljic
Ken Russel
Katerina Ruzickova
Jason Schwartzman
Milos Sokola
Jaroslav Sveceny
Alex Timbers
Katerina Tuckova
Jindrich Uher
Jakub Vasicek
Lenka Vojtiskova
Paul Weitz


Kapralova's charismatic personality and original music made a deep impression on her contemporaries and continue to fascinate artists today. For some, it is her art; for others, her life story; but as a true muse, Kapralova has captured imagination of musicians as well poets, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, filmmakers, dancers and visual artists. Here are some of the works she inspired:

  • 1916 Vaclav Kapral: Berceuses de printemps for piano
  • 1937 Ladislav Faltejsek: Vitezslava Kapralova (sculpture)
  • 1938 Bohuslav Martinu: Tre ricercari, String Quartet No. 5, Fenêtre sur le jardin, Double Concerto [1]
  • 1939 Bohuslav Martinu: Conte, Bergerettes, Czech Madrigals
  • 1939 Rudolf Kundera: Portrait of a conductor (two sketches and a painting)
  • 1940 Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Sonata No. 1, Fantaisie et Toccata
  • 1940 Vaclav Kapral: Dve vzpominky (Two Reminiscences) for piano; Predtucha (Premonition) for piano
  • 1940 Miroslav Barvik: Piano Trio "In memory of V. Kapralova"
  • 1940 Miroslav Barvik, Milan Harasta, Gernot Kasik et al.: piano cycle "In memory of V. Kapralova"[2]
  • 1942 Vaclav Kapral: Milodejne kviti (Amorous Flowers) for two voices and piano
  • 1943 Jiri Mucha: Most (The Bridge) (a novel)
  • 1952 Milos Sokola: Variazioni sul tema di Vitezslava Kapralova per grande orchestra
  • 1957 Bohuslav Martinu: Adagio [3]
  • 1963 Lenka Vojtiskova: Posledni dny Vitezky Kapralove (Last Days of Vitezka Kapralova) (a short story)
  • 1963 Jana Hlavova: Vitezka Kapralova (a poem)
  • 1968 Jiri Mucha: Studene slunce (Cold Sun) (a novel-autobiography)
  • 1989 Jiri Mucha: Podivne lasky (Strange Loves) (a novel-autobiography)
  • 1990 Pavel Blatny: Strange Loves. Dramatic scenes for tenor, soprano and orchestra
  • 1993 Ken Russel: The Mystery of Dr. Martinu (a television film)[4]
  • 1995 Jindrich Uher: Ona a Martinu (She and Martinu) (a novel-biography)[5]
  • 2002 Katerina Kraftova: Chaloupka (Little Cottage) for voice and piano, on a text of Vitezslava Kapralova[6]
  • 2002 Katerina Ruzickova: Life Attitudes for Piano and Strings[7]
  • 2002 Wolfgang Mastnak: Klangmomente für klavier solo nach motiven von Vitezslava Kapralova
  • 2003 Pavel Blatny: Letter. A romantic monologue on a theme of a letter of Vitezslava Kapralova, for violin and piano
  • 2003 Daniela Kosinova: Omnia vincit amor, for lower voice and string quartet
  • 2003 (?) Miroslav Kubovy: Vitezslava Kapralova. From the cycle "Vyhrezle hlavy" (Bursting Heads) (a print)
  • 2004 Renate Moran: Malerei zur musik von Vitezslava Kapralova (a painting)
  • 2004 (?) Jaroslav Sveceny: Composition for Solo Violin on a Motif by V. Kapralova
  • 2005 Robert Gurdonark: Kapralova's Escape. Experimental electronics
  • 2008 Milan Knobloch: Vitezslava Kapralova (metal relief sculpture)
  • 2009 Simon Mawer: The Glass Room (novel)[8]
  • 2011 Pavla Quinn: Kapralova Dejavu (a painting)
  • 2011 Zdenek Mirko Schlappl: Devadesatpet bilych ruzi (poetry)
  • 2012 Tim Buck: The Secret Ballet (a poem)
  • 2012 Milica Paranosic: New Bohemian Suite on melodies of Vitezslava Kapralova and Alma Mahler
  • 2012 Tamara Blahova: Vitezslava Kapralova 1915-2015 (commemorative coin design)[9]
  • 2013 Paul Ewert: Postmediteranni invence IV aneb Mala lotrinska nuklearni sinfonietta podle Vitezslavy Kapralove (fotokolaz, akryl a kostky lega na platne, 70 x 70 cm / photo collage, acrylic, LEGO parts on canvas).
  • 2014 Hana Roguljic: Vitezslava (a radio play)[10]
  • 2015 Marina Richterova: Vitezslava Kapralova 1915-1940 (commemorative postal stamp)[11]
  • 2015 Martin Hlavaty: Carte Maximum Vitezslava Kapralova (a postcard)
  • 2015 Martin Dvorak: Poets of the City (dance choreography)[12]
  • 2015 Tomas Jarkovsky, Jakub Vasicek, Daniel Camsky: Jiri Mucha: Carpe Diem (musical theatre)[13]
  • 2016 Roman Coppola, Hannah Bos, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers, Paul Weitz: Mozart in the Jungle. A television series (season 3, episodes 6 and 9) [14]
  • 2018 Katerina Tuckova: Vitka (theatre)[15]
  • 2018 Maria Persson: Kapralova's portrait (chalk on paper, digitally processed)
  • 2018 Erik Entwistle: Six Variations on a Theme by Vita Kapralova (listen and download the score)

    Please note that the above list includes literary works (poetry, fiction or partial fiction), fine arts, performing arts (music, dance, theatre), and media arts (film and television). For arrangements of Kapralova's music refer to this catalogue.


    [1] The "Julietta motif," (from his opera Julietta ), which for Martinu became closely associated with Kapralova, appears in a number of Martinu's compositions that include but are not limited to: String Quartet No. 5 [1938], Fenętre sur le jardin [1938], Double Concerto [1938], Concertino for Piano and Orchestra [1938]; Fantasy and Toccata [1940]; Mazurka [1941]; Dumka [1941]; Piano Quartet [1942]; Symphony No. 1 [1942]; Sinfonietta La Jolla [1950]; Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola [1952]; Sonata for Violoncello, No. 3 [1952]; Symphonic Fantasies [1953]; Cantata "L'eveil des sources" [1955]; and Adagio [1957]. I am indebted to Dr. Erik Entwistle for identifying these works. For a thorough analysis of the Julietta symbolism as it appears in Martinu's, and, most interestingly, in Kapralova's music, see Dr. Entwistle's thesis (listed in the bibliography that follows). His article on the subject has been published in the Kapralova Society Newsletter 2, no. 2 (Fall 2004).
    [2] The authors were students of Kapral's 1940 composition class at the Brno Conservatory. The cycle was composed as a tribute to both Kapralova and her father (the dedication reads: "In memoriam V. Kapralove, jako manifestacni vyraz souciteni a obdivu Vaclavu Kapralovi" / In memory of V. Kapralova as a statement of our admiration for Vaclav Kapral and of our sympathy for his great loss).
    [3] Martinu's dedication reads: In the memory of Vaclav Kapral and Vitulka.
    [4] A biographical (television) film of Bohuslav Martinu is in two parts: the first part a recurring dream, the second a Freudian analysis of the dream. Director: Ken Russell. Starring: Patrick Ryecart, Shauna Baird, Hannah King, and others. More information at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0213101/
    [5] Schneider, Jan. "Rozpadle knize o Martinu a Kapralove schazi duse." Book review (Ona a Martinu). MF Dnes, 11 October 1995, 19.
    [6] The then 8-year-old pianist set her song to words of Kapralova's poem Chaloupka (Little Cottage) from 1927.
    [7] The work, commissioned by Raduga Ensemble, was inspired by Kapralova's Partita, op. 20.
    [8] Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The author noted in a preamble to the book: "A few non-fictional characters do make brief appearances. One such is the talented composer Vitezslava Kapralova, whose tragically short life seems emblematic of the brilliant but doomed First Republic of Czechoslovakia. I urge the reader to find out more about her, and her country."
    [9] This was a first project commemorating Kapralova's centenary. The designer Tamara Blahova, a student of a junior high school in Slavkov u Brna, was only 15 years old when she designed the coin.
    [10] A production of the Czech Radio 3 (Vltava). Cast: Vitezslava Kapralova (Magdalena Borova), Bohuslav Martinu (Lukas Hlavica), Jiri Mucha (Marek Holy), Vitezslav Novak (Frantisek Nemec), Vituse Kapralova (Tatjana Medvecká), Vaclav Kapral (Igor Bares), Charlotte Martinu (Lucie Jurickova), Rudolf Firkusny (Miloslav König), Rudolf Kopec (David Matasek), Senatorka Plaminkova (Eva Salzmannova), Edvard Benes (Jan Novotny) a Liskutin (Martin Finger). Script: Hana Roguljic; Dramaturgy: Renata Venclova. Direction: Ales Vrzak. It was premiere broadcast on 27 March 2014, at 20:00.
    [11] A joint project of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Czech Post. Designed by Marina Richterova and rendered by M. Ondracek, the stamp was reseased on 20 January 2015, at the occasion of Kapralova centenary.
    [12] The two-part performing arts project (theatre, music and dance) in the Tugendhat Villa pays homage to composer Vítezslava Kaprálová and poet Ivan Blatný. Premiere on 20 July 2015, Villa Tugendhat, Brno.
    [13] A cabaret-musical inspired by the life story of Jiri Mucha. Premiered on October 23, 2015 at the F.X. Salda Theatre in Liberec. Playwrights: Tomas Jarkovsky and Jakub Vasicek. Director: Jakub Vasicek. Music: Daniel Camsky. Cast: Martin Stransky (Jiri Mucha), Marketa Tallerova (Marta Kadlecikova), Veronika Korytarova (Geraldine Thomsen-Mucha), Anna Schimdtmajerova (Vitezslava Kapralova), Vaclav Helsus (Alfons Mucha), Daniel Camsky (Bohuslav Martinu) and others.
    [14] Mozart in the Jungle is an Amazon produced, award winning television series. Season 3 was first aired on December 9, 2016. Kapralova makes her television debut as a trailblazer character from the past, inspiring the two main heroines, Hailey (Lola Kirke) and Lizzie (Hannah Dunne) to take on new creative challenges.
    [15] Theatre adaptation of Jindrich Uher's pseudo-biographical novel Ona a Martinu. Director: Anna Petrzelkova. Cast: Tereza Mareckova (Vitezslava Kapralova), Dusan Hrebicek (Bohuslav Martinu), Vladimir Hauser (Vaclav Kapral), Ivana Hlouzkova (Vituse Kapralova, Charlotte Martinu), Jan Mansfeld (Ota Vach, Ivan Tondr), Adam Masura (Theodor Schaefer), Tomas Milostny (Rudolf Kopec), Ondrej Kokorsky (Jiri Mucha) and others. With music by Petr Hromadka and excerpts from the music by Bohuslav Martinu and Vitezslava Kapralova. Produced by the Brno Theatre Husa na provazku, premiered in Brno on February 23, 2018.


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    "Basnici mesta." ProArt Festival 2015, http://www.proart-festival.cz/cz/basnici-mesta/
    Barvik, Miroslav. "Nad pozustalosti Vitezslavy Kapralove." Rytmus 2 (1945-46): 5-7.
    Berkovec, Jiri. Predmluva (Foreword). In: Milos Sokola, Variace na thema Vitezslavy Kapralove pro velky orchestr. Praha: SNKL 1960 (pp. v-vi).
    Blatny, Pavel. "Jak jsem komponoval sve Podivne lasky." Opus Musicum 1 (1996): 15-16.
    Blahova, Tamara. "Osobnost k nezaplaceni meho regionu: Navrh pametni mince ke stemu vyroci narozeni Vitezslavy Kapralove." Praha(?): Narodni institut deti a mladeze MSMT, 2012.
    Bohuslav Martinu. Bibliographical Catalogue. Prague: Panton 1990, 31, 61.
    Bohuslav Martinu. Selected Masterpieces. CD booklet. Prague: The Bohuslav Martinu Foundation, 2001 (pp. 39, 57, 63).
    Composers Concordance: Ladies First. A concert presented by the Czech Center in New York on 18 May 2012.
    Corley, Simon. "L'élan vital de Martinu." Review. ConcertoNet.com, March 2002.
    Correspondence of Vera Bednarova to Jiri Mucha. Unpublished texts from 1988. Moravian Museum of Brno (sign. 89.580/G3877a).
    Entwistle, Erik. Martinu in Paris: A Synthesis of Musical Styles and Symbols. Doctoral dissertation. University of California-Santa Barbara, 2002, 137.
    "Erwachen Literarisches Konzert: Alexandra Berkova / Wolfgang Mastnak." Originally an online text (now with a disfunctional link).
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