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Společnost Fryderyka Chopina KaSS

Společnost Fryderyka Chopina KaSS

The establishment of Fryderyk Chopin Society was suggested at the beginning of 1959 by a couple of Chopinic researchers, who initially did not know each other. They were dealing with Chopin´s work and life and namely with his stay in Bohemia, particularly in Prague, Karlsbad and Marienbad. The most important of them were Mr. Jaroslav Simonides, Mr. Jaroslav Procházka and Mr. Karel Nejdl. In the fifties Mr. Jaroslav Procházka published his bibliophile booklet " On the whole, Prague is a sightly town… ", which´s title was taken from Chopin´s letter to his parents written during his first stay in Prague in 1829. Abstractedly from it the booklet "Chopin in Karlsbad" by Mr. Jaroslav Procházka and also similar smaller publications by Mr. Karel Nejdl were published streight in Karlsbad. All these Chopinic researchers joined their effort on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Chopin´s birth, commemorated in 1960 under the aegis of UNESCO all over the world. The idea to establish the Chopin Society in Bohemia came into existence some years ago, since Chopin visited Bohemia four times and his stay in West-Bohemian Spa Towns brought him happy moments.
The Fryderyk Chopin Society, residing in the Chopin-House in Mariánské Lázně, was established on June 10, 1959 under the auspices of Mr. Frantiąek Rauch, the most significant Czech piano player and professor of the Academy of Music Arts in Prague. The record of the constituent meeting, to which representatives of the Polish ambassy were invited, is conserved. Also representatives of the Town of Marienbad, Chopin´s admirers and performing musicians from Marienbad, Mr. Miloslav Bervíd, chief-conductor, and Mr. Jaroslav Soukup, conductor of the Marienbad Symphony Orchestra, as well as Mr. Emil Vlk, director of school of music were present. It was a lucky idea for our town…!!
The Society was supported by the Town authorities represented by Mr. Jaroslav Porazil and Mr. Miroslav Chroust, and obtained her residency in the White Swan Inn, renamed to Chopin-House due to efforts of Society´s board members.
Already during the first year of Society´s existence the Fryderyk Chopin Memorial Museum was opened, which´s appearance was created by architect Mr. Josef Vlček and artist Mr. Osvald Klapper. Thanks to the assistence of Mr. Ota Pavelka, Town Museum Director, all available material were collected , commemorating Chopin´s stay in Mariánské Lázně in 1936.
The most important part of Chopin Society activities is the annual International Chopin Festival, held every third August week, lasting 8 days and since the beginning organized as a universal cultural event including different arts. Leading Chopinic interpreters from the Czech republic and from abroad are invited to perform here. The festival concept including 3 symphony concerts, recitals, nocturne, matinée and special concerts in the Colonnade as well as in other places of the town is beeing kept successfuly. up to the present day.
Since significant artists were Chopin´s friends, the festival also includes art exhibitions. The first one in 1960,where 40 czech artists took part, was called "Chopin in the Czech fine arts".
Another important part of Society´s activities is the Piano Competition, held during the Chopin Festival in order to find out young coming Chopin intepreters. Up to his passing prof. Václav Holzknecht was the principal initiator and jury-chairman. Initially the Competition was held annualy, later bi-annualy. For candidates from the Czech republic the competition is a preliminary round of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warszaw, held since 1929 every fifth year. This year the Chopin Society of Marienbad is going to organize the 5th International Piano Competition. The jury - chairman has become Prof. Ivan Klánský , the jurymen are significant foreign piano players.
Besides of art exhibitions also poetry evenings used to be a part of the Chopin Festival, as well as workshops "Chopiniana Bohemica et Slavica", organized by tireless Mr. Jaroslav Procházka, where leading Czech and Polish researchers read their papers concerning Chopin. Due to Society the papers were published an in collaboration with the publishing house " Lyra Pragensis" also bibliophile booklets and essays by Prof. Rauch and Dr. Václav Holzknecht as well as poetic booklets were published , illustrated by outstanding Czech artists.
Since her establishment the Society keeps in touch with "Torwazystvo im. F.Chopina" (the Polish Chopin Society) in Warzsaw and due to Mr. J.Simonides with Polish culture on the whole. Polish delegations regulary take part in our Chopin Festival and members of our Society are beeing invitated to Chopin Festival in Duszniki Spa and to other major Chopinic meetings in Warzsaw . This cooperation is very fruitful and lasts up to the present day. Also the collaboration with the Polish embassy and with the Polish Institute in Prague is essential. There are nearly 40 Chopin Societies all over the world, to which we keep touch in order to exchange the information and Chopinic documents.
Only two members from the founder board of the Chopin Society are still alive: Mr. Emil Vlk and Mr. Osvald Klapper. Nowadays we have new younger members, former participants in the piano competitions, who gave concerts in our town and are dealing with Chopin´s music. Above all Prof. Ivan Klánský, the chairman of the Chopin Society and president of the Chopin Festival is to be mentioned. Due to exchange of generations the original idea of establishing the Society has approved. The best evidence of it are her continuing Society´s activities.
In the Society Statuses the promotion of music and memory of the great romantic composer plays a key role, as well as the task to propagate the admiration and respect to Chopin´s immortal music among young generation.
As a public corporation the F.Chopin Society has been newly registred in June 1997.


 

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