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date: 20 August 2019

Brdlíková [née Mourková], Josefinalocked

  • Anna Šerých

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(b Prague, March 20, 1843; d Prague, April 21, 1910). Czech composer. She studied music first with members of her family, the music historian V.V. Zelený and J. Mourek, choirmaster at Mariastern in Lusatia. She continued her studies in Prague with Zikmund Kolešovský, and later with Jindřich Kàan. Her high soprano voice and remarkable erudition made her an idol of Prague society. Her songs, which have melodic charm and simple harmony, were inspired by the poetry of her friends Jaroslav Vrchlický and Eliška Krásnohorská. In addition to six volumes of songs she composed piano music, including Album skladeb klavírních (‘Album of Piano Pieces’), in two volumes (Prague, 1897), and Aforismy valčíkové (‘Waltz Aphorisms’), for four hands (Prague, 1897). Her aim was to demonstrate women’s creativity in the new Czech society. The writer Sofie Podlipská was particularly inspired by her.

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