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Price: $85.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

Autographed 5 bar musical quotation of the scherzo movement of a Quartet in G major on a 3.5” x 5” autograph card.

The Czech conductor and virtuoso double bassist (1896-1982) studied with Frantisek Cerny as the Prague Conservatory.  He toured with his double bass as a concert soloist and went back to Prague in 1921 and was appointed Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic.  He made his debut with the orchestra as a conductor in 1922.  Vaclac Talich was Principal Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic from 1919-1941 recommended him as Conductor of the Czech Railway Workers Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed from 1925-1936.  He was also Choir Master of the Hlahol Choir in Vinhorady from 1926-1938 and toured with them.  From 1937-1938 he was a guest conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic.  In 1938 he was appointed Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. When Rafael Kubelik, then the Principal Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic left Prague for Chicago in 1949, Šenja was appointed principal conductor of the Orchestra until the hiring of Karel
Ancerl.  He toured the Orchestra throughout Germany and Great Britian during his brief stint at Principal Conductor. 
Šenja also was a big believer in making records, with over 70 to his credit, mostly with the Czech Philharmonic on Supraphon.  He covered the run of the Czech gamut with recordings of Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek and Fibich.  He also recorded Brahms and Beethoven, but was considered a Mahler specialist at a time when Mahler was not performed in Eastern Europe.  His recording of Mahler’s 4th Symphony is top notch.  He also recorded Richard Strauss and even Vincent D’Indy. 

Unusual and quite scarce.

           KAREL ŠENJA - CONDUCTOR

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