Prague Spring Music Festival: A Legendary Classical Music Event

Prague Spring Music Festival

In the month of May, the Czech capital comes alive with the renowned Prague Spring Music Festival. It is considered the country’s most significant and longest-running festival of its kind.

The Prague Spring Music Festival is Czech Republic’s most significant and longest-running classical music festival; it features several performances, including performances by world-famous musicians and ensembles.

Concertgoers can hear world-class classical music, jazz music, world music, and experimental music in the likes of the Municipal House’s Smetana Hall. 

The Prague Spring International Music Festival always starts with Má Vlast (My Land), a set of six-tone poetry composed by Antonn Dvoák, and ends with  Symphony of Beethoven No. 9 in C minor. 

The Prague Spring Music Festival’s leading site says that despite political and social revolutions, significant historical and cultural events, and shifts in musical preferences, the festival has consistently found an audience eager to appreciate the genuine artistic quality of the performances.

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The Origins of the Prague Spring Music Festival

Festival Prague
Festival Prague

This  Prague Spring Music Festival has been going strong since its inception in 1946. 

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1946, and that year marked the first annual festival. Beginning on the 12th of May, the commemoration of Bedich Smetana’s demise, and concluding on the 4th of June, is the start and end of the Prague Spring.

The nation’s atmosphere at the moment was one of joy for a good reason. 

In the precise year since the end of WWII, the world has seen no major conflicts. Strangely, the same year also marked the 50th anniversary of the Prague Philharmonic. 

The two festivals merged to form the 66th annual Prague Spring International Music Festival.

Visit Prague Spring International Music Festival: 3 Reasons Why 

  1. Features Czech and Global composers

The Prague Spring Music Festival features both Czech and global debuts of modern compositions and also honours significant musical milestones by performing pieces by the composers involved.

  1. The Rudolf Firkusny Piano Festival

Prague Spring Music Festival organizes the Rudolf Firkusny Piano Festival. 

The annual festival honouring Rudolf Firkun, one of the best-known Czech pianists, elevates the quality of the autumn musical season with performances by some of the best pianists in the world. It’s connected to Prague’s Spring festival and serves as a bridge to May’s big celebrations.

  1. Prague Spring International Music Competition 

Younger artists are given special attention during the Prague Spring. Founded in the same year as the Prague Spring International Music Festival itself, the annual Prague Spring International Music Competition features competitions for a wide range of instruments.

How long will the Festival last?

Three weeks are dedicated to the  Prague Spring Music Festival. Chamber music, ancient music, pop songs, theatre, opera, etc., and performances are all on the schedule.

Where Does the Festival Take Place?

Although the Rudolfinum, a neo-renaissance structure on the banks of the Vltava River, is the usual venue for the  Prague Spring Music Festival, there are a number of venues all across town that host performances and concerts. 

Because of Prague’s Municipal House‘s bigger seating capacity, it is a nice complement.

Nonetheless, there’s no need to worry; the official Prague Spring Music Festival website contains information about the festival’s program of artists, when and where they will perform, and other pertinent details.

Where Do You Find Accommodation?

Suppose you’re looking for where to stay in Prague close to the Prague Spring Music Festival. In that case, we recommend one of the many hotels in the Capital and the surrounding area that provide either a free cancellation option or a “book now, pay later” option.

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Plan to Attend the Prague Spring Music Festival

If you find yourself in Prague in May, you really must check out the Prague Spring Music Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of concerts by acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. You’ll be able to appreciate the music even more in the context of the old monasteries, cathedrals, and museums that surround you.

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