The most gifted woman composer of the 1930s died at just 25main
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
The Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová died in the early weeks of the German occupation of France at the age of 25. Two months before, she had married Jiri Mucha, son of the fin-de-siècle poster artist. She had everything to live for and yet embraced the agonies of death with great dignity. The mystery and tragedy of her existence has been explored in a couple of novels, but her psychology remains an enigma and her music is hard to categorise.
At first impression it falls midway between Leos Janacek — who was her father’s teacher — and Bohuslav Martinu, who was her lover; yet first impressions are misleading…
Read on here.
En francais ici.