Vitezslava Kapralova (1915-1940)

3-4 2009 Kultura English
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...was a gifted Czech composer and conductor. She came from a musical family. Her father was a composer and an owner of a music school, and her mother was a voice teacher.

Miss Kapralova started to compose at age 9. In 1935 she graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Brno and studied with many famous musicians and conductors, e.g. with Zdenek. Chalabala, Vitezslav Novak and Vaclav Talich. After obtaining a music scholarship, she moved to Paris to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique with Charles Munch. She also took private lessons with Bohuslav Martinu. After a year of study in France, she visited her family in Brno briefly, but returned to Paris where she was married in 1940 to Jiri Mucha- the son of the famous artist Alfons Mucha. Unfortunately she became seriously ill and died in June of 1940 in Montpellier.

In spite of her short life she composed a great deal of beautiful music - e.g. piano concertos, chamber music, symphonies, and vocal works.

She received many prizes including the Smetana Prize in 1938 and the Svatobor Prize in 1939. A Kapralova Society was founded in 1998 in Toronto. So far the Society facilitated publication of many of her works. It also supports performances of her compositions worldwide.

Translated by Marie Dolanska

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