Miroslav Barvik
Tamara Blahova
Pavel Blatny
Hannah Bos
Tim Buck
Daniel Camsky
Roman Coppola
Martin Dvorak
Ladislav Faltejsek
Robert Gurdonark
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
Jindrich Uher
Jakub Vasicek
Lenka Vojtiskova
Paul Weitz


Kapralova's life and work fascinated artists during her lifetime and continue to fascinate them today. For some, it is the music; for others, the story; but as a true muse, Kapralova has captured imagination of not only her fellow musicians but also poets, writers, and even visual artists. Here are some of the works of art that she inspired:

In chronological order*

  • 1916 Vaclav Kapral: Berceuses de printemps
  • 1937 Ladislav Faltejsek: Vitezslava Kapralova (bust)
  • 1938 Bohuslav Martinu: Tre ricercari, [1] String Quartet No. 5, Fenêtre sur le jardin, Double Concerto
  • 1939 Bohuslav Martinu: Conte, Bergerettes. Czech Madrigals
  • 1939 Rudolf Kundera: Vitezslava Kapralova (several sketches and a painting)
  • 1940 Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Sonata No. 1, Fantaisie et Toccata for Piano
  • 1940 Vaclav Kapral: Two Reminiscences, Premonition
  • 1940 Miroslav Barvik: Piano Trio "In the memory of V. Kapralova"
  • 1940 Miroslav Barvik, Milan Harasta, Gernot Kasik et al.: Cycle "In the memory of V. Kapralova"[2]
  • 1942 Vaclav Kapral: "Milodejne kviti" for two voices and piano
  • 1943 Jiri Mucha: Most (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 (short story).
  • 1963 Jana Hlavova: Vitezka Kapralova (poem).
  • 1968 Jiri Mucha: Studene slunce (novel-autobiography)
  • 1989 Jiri Mucha: Podivne lasky (novel-autobiography)
  • 1990 Pavel Blatny: Strange Loves (Dramatic Scenes)
  • 1993 Ken Russel: The Mystery of Dr. Martinu (television film)
  • 1995 Jindrich Uher: Ona a Martinu (novel-biography)
  • 2002 Katerina Kraftova: Chaloupka for voice and piano [4]
  • 2002 Katerina Ruzickova: Life Attitudes for Piano and Strings [5]
  • 2002 Wolfgang Mastnak: Klangmomente für klavier solo nach motiven von Vitezslava Kapralova
  • 2003 Pavel Blatny: Letter. A romantic monologue for violin and piano, on a theme of a letter of Vitezslava Kapralova
  • 2003 Daniela Kosinova: Omnia vincit amor, for lower voice and string quartet
  • 2003 (?) Miroslav Kubovy: Cyklus "Vyhrezle hlavy" (print)
  • 2004 Renate Moran: Malerei zur musik von Vitezslava Kapralova (painting).
  • 2004 (?) Jaroslav Sveceny: Skladba pro solove housle na motiv Vitezslavy Kapralove | Composition for solo violin on a motif by V. Kapralova.
  • 2005 Robert Gurdonark: Kapralova's Escape. Experimental electronics.
  • 2008 Milan Knobloch: Vitezslava Kapralova (relief)
  • 2009 Simon Mawer: The Glass Room (novel)[6]
  • 2011 Pavla Quinn: Kapralova Dejavu (painting)
  • 2012 Tim Buck: The Secret Ballet (poem)
  • 2012 Milica Paranosic: New Bohemian Suite Featuring melodies of Vitezslava Kapralova and Alma Mahler.
  • 2012 Tamara Blahova: Vitezslava Kapralova 1915-2015 (commemorative coin)[7]
  • 2014 Hana Roguljic: Vitezslava. A radio play.[8]
  • 2015 Marina Richterova: Vitezslava Kapralova 1915-1940 (commemorative stamp)[9]
  • 2015 Martin Hlavaty: Carte Maximum Vitezslava Kapralova (postcard)
  • 2015 Martin Dvorak: Basnici mesta (performing arts project)[10]
  • 2015 Tomas Jarkovsky, Jakub Vasicek, Daniel Camsky: Jiri Mucha: Carpe Diem (musical)[11]
  • 2016 Roman Coppola, Hannah Bos, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers, Paul Weitz: Mozart in the Jungle, Season 3, episodes 6 and 9 [12]


    * This list focuses on original art works and does not include arrangements of Kapralova's own works. Literary works include only original poetry and fiction (or partial fiction).

    [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 the 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] The then 8-year-old pianist set her song to words of Kapralova's poem Chaloupka (Little Cottage) from 1927.
    [5] The work, originally commissioned by Raduga Ensemble, was inspired by Kapralova's Partita, op. 20.
    [6] Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Author's Note: [...] "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."
    [7] This is the first project commemorating Kapralova's centenary in 2015. The designer, Tamara Blahova from a junior high school in Slavkov u Brna, was only 15 years old when she designed the coin.
    [8] A production of the Czech Radio 3 (Vltava). Cast: Vitezslava Kaprálová (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. Premiere broadcast on March 27, 2014, at 20:00 CET.
    [9] 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 January 20, 2015, at the occasion of Kapralova centenary.
    [10] 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 July 20, 2015, Villa Tugendhat, Brno.
    [11] A cabaret-musical inspired by the life story of Jiri Mucha. Premiered on October 23, 2015 at the F.X. Salda Theatre in Liberec. Playwriters: 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.
    [12] 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.


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