Category Archives: Prague’s Musical History
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”: Perfection in Musical Characterization
When asked which of his own operas he liked best, Gioachino Rossini wishfully said “Don Giovanni”. When Tchaikovsky looked at Mozart’s manuscript for the opera, he commented that he as “in the presence of divinity”. Charles Gounod claimed that “Don … Continue reading
Day 14 – Travel Day
All trips must come to an end. On Sunday, the group’s ninth day in Europe and my fourteenth, we flew home.
Day 13 – St. Vitus Cathedral and Dvorak’s “Jakobin”
Overlooking Prague is the Prague Castle, and the center of the castle is St. Vitus Cathedral. We started our last full day of the trip with a guided tour of the Cathedral and several other historic building of the castle. … Continue reading
Day 12 – Antonin Dvorak and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonin Dvorak is the best-known Czech composer. We started our Friday in Prague at the Dvorak Museum with a guest lecture by Dr. David Beveridge, a Dvorak scholar and a longtime friend of mine. The museum had been undergoing some … Continue reading
Day 11 – Travel to Prague
Thursday morning was spent on our chartered bus for the four-hour trip to Prague. About halfway there, it started snowing and pretty soon there were a couple of inches on the ground. Fortunately the snow stopped by the time we … Continue reading
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