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Vitezslava Kapralova Papers

Coding: A - autographs, manuscripts, and printed scores; B - librettos; C - concert programs and posters; D - textbooks and music theory books; E -musical instruments; F - photographs, pictures; G - correspondence and other written documents; H - collection of books; I - reviews and press coverage; K - photo negatives; L - reproductions and copies; M - recordings; P - pocket scores; T - 3D objects (sculptures, busts, trophies, etc.).

This list is based on the Department's card catalogue, the collection guides Pruvodce po archivnich fondech Ustavu dejin hudby Moravskeho zemskeho musea v Brne (1971) and Pruvodce po archivnich fondech II (2001?), and the "prirustkova kniha" (the book of new acquisitions, up to c2011). Please note that the list does not include the latest acquisitions. As the shelf numbers may have changed and the archival material may have been re-arranged since this list was created, researchers are advised to consult the Museum staff.

This collection comprises of items donated to the museum by Kapralova's mother (1957, 1959), Kapralova's husband Jiri Mucha (1988), Kapralova's friends Libuse Houzvickova-Kucerova and Ota Vach (1990s), and Eva Maternova. It contains the following categories: A29.716-A29.758 (autograph scores and copyist copies); C33, C1561 (concert programs); F156, F158, F1199, F1745, F1812-1822 (photographs); G148 (school notebooks); G150 (list of works); G153 (personal certificates, school leaving certificates and reports); G154 (the 1937 Diary, Kapralova's poems); G8122-G8123 (Diaries 1939 and 1940); G149, G151, G152, G214, G530-531, G7378-G7379, G7409-G7423 (correspondence).

Scores (autographs, copyist copies, published scores)
Compositions are listed in alphabetical order by Czech titles

  • Burleska / Burlesque, Op.3/2 [A29.743]
  • Concertino pro housle, klarinet a orchestr / Concertino for violin, clarinet and orchestra, Op. 21. [A29.717]
  • Deux ritournelles pour violoncelle et piano, Op. 25 [A29.745, A49.079]
  • Drobne klavirni skladby / Small Pieces for Piano, also as: Two Bouquets of Flowers [A29.734]
  • Dubnova preludia / April Preludes, Op. 13
  • Dva tance pro klavir / Two Dances for piano, Op. 23 [A29.741]. Only a sketch of the first dance.
  • Dva zenske sbory / Two Women Choruses (Vezdicka, Potpolis) [A29.730]
  • (Dve) pisne / Early Songs [A29.756]
  • Dve pisne na slova R. Bojka / Two Songs, Op. 4 [A41.512]
  • Elegie / Elegy [A29.744]
  • Groteskni passacaglia / Grotesque Passacaglia [A29.738]
  • Hymna dobrovolnych sester Cs. Cerveneho krize / Hymn of Volunteer Nurses of the Czechoslovak Red Cross [A29.755]
  • Ilena, Op. 15. Balada pro sola, orchestr, sbor a recitatora / Ballad for soli, chorus, orchestra, and narrator. Piano reduction [A29.723a], sketch and score [A29.723 b-c].
  • Jablko s klina / Apple from the Lap, Op. 10 [A29.747]
  • Jiskry z popela / Sparks from Ashes, Op. 5 [A29.748, A40.596]
  • Karlu Capkovi / To Karel Capek, melodrama [A29.757]
  • Kdoz jste bozi bojovnici (arr. medieval song). A fragment. [A29.726]
  • Klavirni koncert d moll / Piano Concerto in D-Minor, Op. 7 [A29.716a (autograph score); A29.716b (performance score + copyist copies of movements II and III); A29.716c (autograph sketch); A29.716d (1) and (2) (instrumental parts - (1) strings, (2) woodwinds, brass, percussion); A40.598 (piano part)]
  • Klavirni skica / Piano Sketch [A44.411, A31.687]
  • Klavirni sonata / Sonata Appassionata, Op. 6 [A29.736]
  • K novemu roku / New Year's Carol (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Koleda / Carol (1937) [A29.753]
  • Koleda milostna / Love Carol (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Leden / January [A29.727]
  • Legenda pro housle a klavir / Legend, Op. 3/1 [A29.742]
  • Leta mlci, leta jdou (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Maticce / To Mother [A29.729]
  • Muj mily clovece / My Dear Man (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Navzdy / For Ever, Op. 12 [A29.724; A40.597]
  • Nedopsane skladby, nacrty a torsa / Fragments [A29.758]. Sketches for: Sbohem a satecek, Plana ruze, Pochod, Ilena, Reed Trio, String Quartet - 2. movement.
  • Novorocni / New Year's Carol (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752, A55.013]
  • Ostinato Fox [A29.735, A39.868]
  • Partita, Op. 20 [A29.718]
  • Pet klavirnich skladeb / Five Compositions for Piano, Op. 1 [A29.733]
  • Pisen jednoho vecera / Song of One Evening (identical with: Ruce / Hands, from the song cycle For Ever) [A55.014]
  • Pisne / Songs (Dve pisne: Potkali se vcera, Az jednoho dne) [A29.756]
  • Pisnicka / Little Song [A32.046].
  • Posmrtna variace / Post-mortem Variation (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Povidky male fletny / Tales of a Small Flute, sketch [A29.746]
  • Prvni prace ze skoly / First School Years Compositions [A29.732]
  • Rodny kraj / Homeland (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Sbohem a satecek / Waving Farewell, Op. 14 [A29.749]
  • Smutecni pochod / Funeral March, Op. 2 [A29.733, A29.719]
  • Smutny vecer / Sad Evening (song) [A29.725]
  • Smyccovy kvartet / String Quartet, Op. 8 [A29.728]
  • Suita rustica, Op. 19, piano reduction [A29.721]
  • Suite en miniature [A29.720]
  • Symfonieta. Also: Vojenska symfonieta / Military Sinfonietta, Op. 11 [A29.722]
  • Sest malych variaci na zvony kostela St. Etienne du Mont / Variations sur le carillon de l'eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont pour piano, Op. 16 [A29.739, A40.594]
  • Tri klavirni kusy / Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 9 [A29.737]
  • Ukolebavka / Lullaby (from Jablko s klina / Apple from the Lap) [A29.747]
  • Vanocni koleda / Christmas Carol (1939)[A29.751]
  • Velikonoce / Easter (Vteriny / Seconds) [A29.752]
  • Vteriny / Seconds, Op. 18 [A29.752]
  • Z mojich nejranejsich skladeb / Some of My Very First Compositions [A29.731]
  • Zpivano do dalky / Sung into the Distance, Op. 22 [A29.754, 57.348, A40.595]

    Correspondence

  • G149 - Bohuslav Martinu to Kapralova, 1938-1939: ms, 33 letters, total of 35 leaves
  • G151 - Correspondence (various authors) from 1933-1940: 17 letters, 14 postcards, 1 card, 1 receipt. This collection includes correspondence of Vitezslav Novak, Stanislav Novak, Theodor Schaefer, Otakar Sourek, Oldrich Pazdirek, Masa Fleischerova, Otakar Nebuska, Blazena Helfertova, Ilona Stepanova, Vladimir Stastny, Zora Strelcova, L.S. Koneczny, Lola Tanglova, and Pavel Deutsch.
  • G152 - Correspondence of Vaclav Kapral. This collection contains letters from his wife Viktorie, from 1915-1918, containing paragraphs about small Vitezslava
  • G214 - Kapralova to Emil Axman (a copy of 1 letter)
  • G530-G531 - Kapralova to Hanus Weigl (2 letters)
  • G7378 [101.631-101.665, 101.670] - Kapralova to Jiri Mucha (36 autograph letters and cards)
  • G7379 [101.666-102.669, 101.671-101.691] - Jiri Mucha to Kapralova (24 autograph letters and 1 telegram)
  • G7409 [101.967-102.008] - Kapralova to parents (copies of 43 letters from 1936-1940: 20 copies of autograph letters and 23 typewritten transcripts)
  • G7410 [102.009-102.025] - Kapralova to Rudolf Kopec (copies of 17 letters)
  • G7411 [102.026] - Kapralova to senator Plaminkova (a copy of 1 letter)
  • G7412 [102.027-102.030] - Kapralova to Bohumil Kapral (typewritten copies of 4 letters)
  • G7413 [102.031] - Marie Krausova to Kapralova and Jiri Mucha (1 letter)
  • G7414 [102.032] - Ivo Tonder to Jiri Mucha (1 letter)
  • G7415 [102.081-102.121] - Kapralova to Oto Vach (12 postcards, 10 cards, 5 letters, all from 1931-1938)
  • G7416 [102.122-102.126] - Correspondence of Jiri Mucha and Ota Vach
  • G7417 [102.127-102.129] - Ludvik Kundera to Ota Vach (3 letters)
  • G7418 [102.130-102.131] - Vaclav Kapral to Ota Vach (2 letters)
  • G7419 [102.132-102.133] - Correspondence of Jan Müller and Ota Vach
  • G7420 [102.134] - Dr. Klnava to Ota Vach (1 letter)
  • G7421 [102.135] - Zenska utulna to Ota Vach (1 letter)
  • G7423 [102.137-102.147] - Kapralova to Vladimir Materna (11 letters)

    Photographs, personal documents and other research material

  • F156 This collection of photograps and negatives includes Kapralova's photo on her student ID card (Universite de Paris, Faculte Des Lettres, issued in Paris on 13.2.1939) and her photographs with Ota Vach, Jirinka Cernusakova, Bohuslav Martinu, Vaclav Kapral, Vera Uhlirova, Liba Houzvickova, Rudolf Kundera, Jiri Mucha, Jaroslav Kricka, Theodor Schaefer, Vitezslav Novak, as well as the photographs from her Monaco trip.
  • F158 Drawing of Kapralova by Rudolf Kundera (Paris 1939, pencil) and a photograph of Vitezslava Kapralova conducting Czech Philharmonic (rehearsal on 26.11.1937 in Prague)
  • F1199, F1745, F1820 Kapralova's photographs in her conductor tuxedo, incl. negatives
  • F1811-F1812 Photo album of Libuse Houzvickova-Kucerova. Paris and Tri Studne 1937-1938
  • F1813-1815, F1816 Photos of Kapralova with Vladimir Materna
  • F1817-F1821 Photos of Kapralova from various periods
  • F1822 Photos of Kapralova's grave in Montpellier and her burial in Brno
  • G148 School notebooks: Harmonie a kontrapunkt (harmony and counterpoint) 1931-33, Instrumentace (orchestration), Nauka o nastrojich (the art of instrumentation), Prirodopisny sesit (nature studies notebook)
  • G150 List of Works
  • G153 Personal certificates, school certificates and diplomas: Birth Certificate, Elementary School Certificates (4), High School Certificates (5), Brno Conservatory Certificates (8 plus a school leaving certificate); Piano Teacher Diploma (issued 28.5.1936); Student ID Card of the Prague Conservatory; Application to the Ministry of Education for French Stipend (dated 8.6.1937); Diploma of the Prague Conservatory Master School; Matriculation Certificate of the Ecole Normale
  • G154 Typewritten copies of Kapralova's poems
  • G154a The 1937 Diary
  • G8119 Student ID card (Ecole normale) from 1939
  • G8120 Student ID card (Alliance francaise) from 1939-1940
  • G8121 Wedding invitation
  • G8124 Address book
  • G8125-6 ID card
  • G8127 Passport
  • G8128 Temporary travel (and travel related) documents from April and May 1940
  • G8123 The 1939 Diary
  • G8122 The 1940 Diary
  • G7422 [102.136] Newspaper article by Ota Vach
  • G7424 Newspaper reviews and a published interview with Kapralova (fragment)
  • G7425 Lock of Kapralova's hair
  • G7426 Kapralova obituary by Milos Safranek
  • G3877a-c/89.580 Correspondence of Vera Bednarova and Jiri Mucha
  • C33 Concert Programs
  • C1561 Concert of the National Women's Council [November 26, 1937]


    Bohuslav Martinu Papers

  • Letters of Bohuslav Martinu addressed to Vitezslava Kapralova, 1938-1939 (G149): 33 letters, total of 35 leaves
  • Scores of Martinu's music originally in Kapralova's possession:
    • String Quartet No.5 [A29.759]. The original autograph sketch shows an inscription to Vitezslava Kapralova. The 12-page autograph contains a number of whimsical cartoons in the composer's hand expressing his thoughts about Kapralova.
    • Julietta [A29.760]. The autograph piano reduction shows an inscription to Vitezslava Kapralova. The autograph contains notes in the composer's handwriting expressing his thoughts about Kapralova.
    • Ricercari [A29.761]


    Vaclav Kapral Papers
    Vaclav Kapral Papers were donated to the museum in 1959 by his wife.

  • Scores (autographs and copyist copies) [A30.221-262]
  • Correspondence: G152 (with Otakar Sourek), G349, G351 (with Hugo Mrazek), G350 (with Ludvik Kundera) G1823-1830 (Harasta, Chlubna, Kunc, Kvapil, Neumann, Novak, Sachs, Sourek), G7418 (Ota Vach)
  • Photographs: F157
  • School notebooks: G161
  • Documents: G5009
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