To Karel Čapek, melodrama on the text by Vítězslav Nezval - Vítězslava Kaprálová

Vítězslava Kaprálová - Karlu Čapkovi

The passing away of Vítězslava Kaprálová´s beloved writer, the death of Karel Čapek. An author whom Kaprálová read and loved, and whose struggle for truth deeply affected her own artistic existence, emotionally as well as intellectually. There was Vítězslav Nezval’s beautiful poetic obituary. And Kaprálová had been considering to write a melodrama.

Enchanted by the text, she transformed Nezval’s poetry directly after the premiere of the Elegy into a profound, agonizing, deeply personal exclamation: into her own brave account of her relationship with Čapek, the Czech language, the Czech land, the Czech destiny. The composition was performed in French translation at the Czech embassy in Paris; again, the piano part was played by the author. After the Paris premiere, Vítězslava Kaprálová left a brief note in the score: “The ending was very nice…”

Taking into account the often rather excessive severity of the author’s opinions of her own work, this remark can be understood as a decisive imprimatur.The piece complies ideally with the requirements of modern melodrama: retaining their full autonomy throughout, the participating elements also complement one another to achieve an ideal expressive force. The melodrama “To Karel Čapek” belongs to the most beautiful Czech melodramas and ranks high also in the context of Czech concert solo violin literature.

Other compositions by Vítězslava Kaprálová published in Czech Radio:
Christmas Prelude
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D Minor
Military Sinfonietta op. 11
Partita for piano and string orchestra op. 20
Sad evening
String Quartet No. 1, op. 8

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