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Moravske zemske muzeum, Ustav dejin hudby (The Moravian Museum Department of Music History). Smetanova 14, 602 00, Brno. For contact details, the reading room hours, and the most current information visit the Department's page.

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, two guides to the Department's collections: Pruvodce po archivnich fondech Ustavu dejin hudby Moravskeho zemskeho musea v Brne (1971) and Pruvodce po archivnich fondech II (2007), and the Book of New Acquisitions (up to c2011). Please note that the list does not include the more recent 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 (1991), with further acquisitions from: Marie Krafkova, Josef Severa, Josef Kohout, Jaroslav Pohanka, and L. Pospisilova. It contains the following categories: A 29.716-A 29.758 (autograph scores and copyist copies); C 33, C 1.561 (concert programs); F 156, F 158, F 1.199, F 1.745, F 1.812-1.822 (photographs); G 148 (school notebooks); G 150 (list of works); G 153 (personal certificates, school leaving certificates and reports); G 154 (the 1937 Diary, Kapralova's poems); G 8.122-G 8.123 (Diaries 1939 and 1940); G 149, G 151, G 152, G 214, G 530-531, G 7.378-G 7.379, G 7.409-G 7.423 (correspondence).

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

  • Burleska / Burlesque, op.3/2 [A 29.743, A 31.477, A 43.892]
  • Deux ritournelles pour violoncelle et piano, op. 25 [A 29.745, A 29.758, A 49.079]
  • Drobne klavirni skladby / Two Bouquets of Flowers [A 29.734; G 148]
  • Dubnova preludia / April Preludes, op. 13 [A 29.740, A 41.451]
  • Dva tance pro klavir / Two Dances for piano, op. 23 [A 29.741]
  • Dva zenske sbory / Two Women Choruses, op. 17 (Vezdicka, Potpolis) [A 29.730, A 29.755b]
  • (Dve) pisne / (Early) Songs (Potkali se vcera, Az jednoho dne)[A 29.756]
  • Dve pisne na slova R. Bojka / Two Songs, op. 4 [A 41.512]
  • Elegie / Elegy [A 29.744]
  • Groteskni passacaglia / Grotesque Passacaglia [A 29.738, A 31.476, A 43.893]
  • Hymna dobrovolnych sester Cs. Cerveneho krize / Hymn of Volunteer Nurses of the Czechoslovak Red Cross [A 29.755]
  • Ilena. Balada pro sola, sbor, recitatora a orchestr / Ilena, op. 15. Cantata for soli, chorus, reciter, and orchestra [A 29.723]
  • Jablko s klina / Apple from the Lap, op. 10 [A 29.747, A 39.885, A 46.523]
  • Jiskry z popele / Sparks from Ashes, op. 5 [A 29.748, A 40.596]
  • K novemu roku / New Year's Carol (from: Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Karlu Capkovi / To Karel Capek, melodrama [A 29.757]
  • Kdoz jste Bozi bojovnici (arr. for orch.) [A 29.726]
  • Klavirni koncert / Piano Concerto in D Minor, op. 7 [A 29.716; A 40.598 (piano part)]
  • Klavirni skica / Piano Sketch [A 31.687]
  • Klavirni sonata / Sonata Appassionata, op. 6 [A 29.736]
  • Koleda / Carol [A 29.753]
  • Koleda milostna / Love Carol (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752, A 39.708]
  • Koncert pro housle a klarinet / Concertino for violin, clarinet and orchestra, op. 21. [A 29.717]
  • Leden / January for voice and quintet [A 29.727]
  • Legenda pro housle a klavir / Legend, op. 3/1 [A 29.742]
  • Maticce / To Mother [A 29.729]
  • Muj mily clovece / My Dear Man (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Navzdy / For Ever, op. 12 [voice and piano A 40.597; voiceband and orch. A 29.724]
  • Nedopsane skladby, nacrty a torsa / Fragments [A 29.758]. Sketches for: Sbohem a satecek, Plane ruze, Pochod, Ilena, Reed Trio, Lento for string quartet, Largo for violin and piano (?), Lidove hry (Folk Plays), Ritournelle no. 2, Slavnostni fanfara (Festive fanfare) and torzos of several other sketches that remain unidentified.
  • Ostinato fox [A 29.735, A 39.868]
  • Partita (op. 20) [A 29.718]
  • Pet klavirnich skladeb / Five Compositions for Piano [A 29.733]
  • Pisen jednoho vecera / Song of One Evening (identical with: Ruce / Hands, from the song cycle For Ever) [A 55.014]
  • Pisnicka / Little Song [A 32.046].
  • Posmrtna variace / Post-mortem Variation (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Povidky male fletny / Tales of a Small Flute [A 29.746]
  • Prvni prace ze skoly / First school works [A 29.732]
  • Rodny kraj / Native Region (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Sbohem a satecek / Waving Farewell, op. 14 [A29.749 a-b (orch.), c-d (voice and pfte); A 29.750]
  • Smutecni pochod / Funeral March, op. 2 [A 29.733; A 29.719 (orch. Thierjung)]
  • Smutny vecer / Sad Evening for voice and orchestra [A 29.725]
  • Smyccovy kvartet / String Quartet, op. 8 [A 29.728]
  • Suita rustica (op. 19) [A 29.721]
  • Suite en miniature (op. 1) [A 29.720]
  • 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 [A 29.739, A 40.594]
  • Tatovi k narozeninam (Leta mlci leta jdou) / The Years Pass in Silence (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Tri klavirni kusy / Three Pieces for Piano, op. 9 [A 29.737]
  • Ukolebavka / Lullaby (from Jablko s klina / Apple from the Lap) [A 29.747]
  • Vanocni koleda / Christmas Carol (1939) [A 29.751]
  • Velikonoce / Easter (Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18) [A 29.752]
  • Vojenska symfonieta / Military Sinfonietta, op. 11 [A 29.722]
  • Vteriny roku / Seconds of a Year, op. 18 [A 29.752]
  • Z mojich nejranejsich skladeb / Some of My Very First Compositions [A 29.731, A 56.300]
  • Zpivano do dalky / Sung into the Distance, op. 22 [A 29.754, A 40.595, A 41.511]

    Correspondence

  • G 149 - Bohuslav Martinu to Kapralova, 1938-1939 (33 autograph letters)
  • G 151 - Correspondence (various writers) 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.
  • G 152 - Correspondence of Vaclav Kapral. This collection contains letters from his wife Vitezslava (Viktorie), from 1915-1918, containing paragraphs about their daughter Vitezslava
  • G 214 - Kapralova to Emil Axman (a copy of a letter)
  • G 530-G 531 - Kapralova to Hanus Weigl (copies of 2 letters)
  • G 7.378 [101.631-101.665, 101.670] - Kapralova to Jiri Mucha (36 autograph letters and cards)
  • G 7.379 [101.666-102.669, 101.671-101.691] - Jiri Mucha to Kapralova (24 autograph letters and 1 telegram)
  • G 7.409 [101.967-102.008] - Kapralova to parents (43 letters from 1936-1940: xerox copies of 20 autograph letters and 23 typewritten transcripts)
  • G 7.410 [102.009-102.025] - Kapralova to Rudolf Kopec (copies of 17 autograph letters)
  • G 7.411 [102.026] - Kapralova to senator Plaminkova (a copy of a letter)
  • G 7.412 [102.027-102.030] - Kapralova to Bohumil Kapral (typewritten copies of 4 letters)
  • G 7.413 [102.031] - Marie Krausova to Kapralova and Jiri Mucha (1 autograph letter)
  • G 7.414 [102.032] - Ivo Tonder to Jiri Mucha (1 autograph letter)
  • G 7.415 [102.081-102.121] - Kapralova to Oto Vach (autographs of 12 postcards, 10 cards, 5 letters, from 1931-1938)
  • G 7.416 [102.122-102.126] - Correspondence of Jiri Mucha and Ota Vach
  • G 7.417 [102.127-102.129] - Ludvik Kundera to Ota Vach (3 letters)
  • G 7.418 [102.130-102.131] - Vaclav Kapral to Ota Vach (2 letters)
  • G 7.419 [102.132-102.133] - Correspondence of Jan Müller and Ota Vach
  • G 7.420 [102.134] - Dr. Klnava to Ota Vach (1 letter)
  • G 7.421 [102.135] - Zenska utulna to Ota Vach (1 letter)
  • G 7.423 [102.137-102.147] - Kapralova to Vladimir Materna (11 autograph letters)
  • G 3.877/89.580 Correspondence of Vera Bednarova and Jiri Mucha

    Photographs and documents

  • F 156 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 a set of photographs from her Monaco trip.
  • F 158 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)
  • F 1.199, F 1.745, F 1.820 Kapralova's photographs in her conductor tuxedo, incl. negatives
  • F 1.811-F 1.812 Photo album of Libuse Houzvickova-Kucerova. Paris and Tri Studne 1937-1938
  • F 1.813-1.815, F 1.816 Photos of Kapralova with Vladimir Materna
  • F 1.817-F 1.821 Photos of Kapralova from various periods
  • F 1.822 Photos of Kapralova's grave in Montpellier and her burial in Brno
  • G 148 School notebooks: Harmonie a kontrapunkt (harmony and counterpoint) 1931-33, Instrumentace (instrumentation), Nauka o nastrojich (the art of instrumentation), Prirodopisny sesit (nature studies notebook)
  • G 150 List of Works
  • G 153 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
  • G 154 Typewritten copies of Kapralova's poems
  • G 154a The 1937 Diary
  • G 154b Poetry
  • G 8.119 Student ID card (Ecole normale) from 1939
  • G 8.120 Student ID card (Alliance francaise) from 1939-1940
  • G 8.121 Wedding invitation
  • G 8.122 The 1940 Diary
  • G 8.123 The 1939 Diary
  • G 8.124 Address book
  • G 8.125-6 ID card
  • G 8.127 Passport
  • G 8.128 Temporary travel (and travel related) documents from April and May 1940
  • G 7.422 [102.136] Newspaper article by Ota Vach
  • G 7.424 Newspaper reviews and a published interview with Kapralova (fragment)
  • G 7.425 Lock of Kapralova's hair
  • G 7.426 Kapralova obituary by Milos Safranek
  • C 33 Concert Programs
  • C 1.561 Concert of the National Women's Council [November 26, 1937]


    Bohuslav Martinu Papers

  • Letters of Bohuslav Martinu addressed to Vitezslava Kapralova, 1938-1939 (G 149): 33 letters, total of 35 leaves
  • Scores of Martinu's music originally in Kapralova's possession:
    • String Quartet No.5 [A 29.759]. 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 [A 29.760]. The autograph score (piano reduction) shows an inscription to Vitezslava Kapralova and contains notes in the composer's handwriting expressing his thoughts about Kapralova.
    • Ricercari [A 29.761]


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

  • Scores (autographs and copyist copies) [A 30.221-262]
  • Correspondence: G 152 (with Otakar Sourek), G 349, G 351 (with Hugo Mrazek), G 350 (with Ludvik Kundera) G 1.823-1.830 (Harasta, Chlubna, Kunc, Kvapil, Neumann, Novak, Sachs, Sourek), G 7.418 (Ota Vach)
  • Photographs: F 157
  • School notebooks: G 161
  • Documents: G 5.009
  • Last updated on May 11, 2020.

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