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THE CZECHOSLOVAK QUARTET    

One page autographed program by the entire quartet and mezzo-soprano Mari Pixova, December 16 & 17, 1957.  Autographed by each member of the quartet and their contralto soloist.

 

Czechoslovak Quartet

1st violin - Josef Peska (1906-1968)

2nd violin - Frantisek Vohanka (1901-1966)

viola - Jaroslav Svoboda (1908-1973)

cellist - Jaroslav Hasa (1908-1981)

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contralto - Marie Pixova (1908-????)

 

First violinist Josef Peska founded the Czechoslovak Quartet in 1928 which had an unusually long lifespan with little change except for the violist. Similarly to the Prague Quartet, they were forced to change their name to a non-nationalistic name, so from 1935 to 1945 they became the Pešek Quartet.  Peska a pupil of Otakar Sevcik in addition to his quartet leader duties and soloist duties was an active violin teacher in Prague. 

 

Second violinist Frantisek Vohanaka was a pupil of Jaroslav Kocian at the Prague Conservatory.  He also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

 

Violist Jaroslav Svoboda was the only non-original part of the quartet was the son of the composer Hanus Svoboda. He was a violist in the Czech Radio Symphony and a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic in addition to his quartet duties. He also composed.

 

Cellist Jaroslav Hasa was a pupil of Grummer & Buxbaum in Vienna, Alexanian in Paris, Becker in Berlin, Walter in Munich and Karel Sadlo in Prague.

 

Mezzo-Soprano Marie Pixova was an important member of the Prague National Theatre from 1930-1939.  She made her stage debut as Puck in Weber's "Oberon" in 1929 and is featured on the famous 1933 recording of "The Bartered Bride" with Otakar Ostrcil leading soloists and the orchestra of the Prague National Theater.  She retired from the opera stage in 1939 to devote her career to song as a concert artist.

 

The quartet premiered numerous works including string quartets and other works by Martinu, Blaha and Bartos.  Numerous recordings on Supraphon from Beethoven to Dvorak and more interestingly 20th Century neoclassicists like composer Erwin Schulhoff, a victim of the Holocaust, whose music in the 1950’s had already been forgotten, though more and more remembered today.

 

A unique grouping to say the least!

 

 

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