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Musical Prague – Prague’s Music Attractions

Undoubtedly, Prague is well known as a leader in the field of classical music. Every day, there are many music, opera and ballet performances. Popular composers include Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Verdi, Dvorak and Smetana. Concerts are held at lunchtime and in the evening, and you can purchase tickets directly from venue box offices or in advance from agencies online. Some of the best concert venues where Prague classical concerts are staged include the Dvorák Concert Hall at Rudolfinum, Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle, Klementinum and St. Nicholas Church.

 

Concert halls

Spanish Hall of Prague Castle (second courtyard), Prague 1, www.hrad.cz – The largest ceremonial hall at Prague Castle, the venue for important ceremonies and concerts.

Clam-Gallas Palace, Husova 20, Prague 1, www.ahmp.cz – This Baroque jewel is a premium location for events and concerts.

Clementinium – Mirror Chapel, Mariánské náměstí 5, Prague 1, www.klementinum.com – Baroque chapel featuring two unique organs; jazz and classical music concerts are held here.

Lucerna – Great Hall, Štěpánská 61, Prague 1, www.lucpra.com – Legendary concert hall and ballroom.

Rudolfinum – Dvořák Hall, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1 – World-famous concert hall and home of the Czech Philharmonic, which performed here for the first time in 1896 under the baton of Antonín Dvořák.

Municipal House – Smetana Hall, náměstí Republiky 5, Prague 1, www.obecnidum.cz – This famous Art Nouveau music hall is the traditional site of the opening concert of the Prague Spring music festival.

Liechtenstein Palace – Martinů Hall, Malostranské náměstí 13, Prague 1 – Concert hall in a historic palace in the Lesser Quarter.

Žofín – Great Hall, Slovanský ostrov 226, Prague 1 – A neo-Renaissance palace with a major concert hall and ballroom.

 

Sights related to the Musical Prague

Clam-Gallas Palace, Husova 20, Prague 1

Christian Filip Clam-Gallas (1748-1805) started a famous musical tradition when he invited Mozart and his wife Konstanz to the palace in 1787. Mozart is said to have played the piano in the palace, as did Ludwig van Beethoven a few years later in 1798 when he met his platonic love Josefi na Clary-Aldringen.

U Zlatého jednorožce (Inn at the Golden Unicorn), Lázeňská 11, Prague 1

In 1796, Ludwig van Beethoven stayed in this Baroque hotel, a Prague favorite during the 18th century.

Dům U Tří zlatých lvů (House at the Three Golden Lions), Uhelný trh 1, Prague 1

Mozart stayed in this house during his second visit to Prague in 1787 in order to compose the opera Don Giovanni, whose premier was to be held in the nearby Estates (Nostic) Theater. He reportedly worked with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who lived across the street, through an open window. (B3)

Dům U Medvídků (At the Bears), Na Perštýně 7, Prague 1

During the 19th century, Czech musicians gathered at this local pub. Antonín Dvořák brought Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky here in 1888. After his visit, Tchaikovsky wrote in his diary “These Czechs – they‘re so eminently likeable!”.

Strahov Monastery and Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Strahovské nádvoří 1, Prague 1

In 1787, Mozart visited Strahov Monastery, one of the oldest Premonstratensian monasteries in the world, founded in the 12th century, accompanied by singer Josefi na Dušek. In the monastery Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, he admired the organ, on which he also played. (A3)

Dům U Tří housliček (House at the Three Fiddles), Nerudova 12, Prague 1

It‘s no coincidence that this house in Neruda street bears this house sign – from 1667 to 1748, it belonged successively to three major violinmaking families, the most famous of which was Thomas Edlinger, whose instruments are masterpieces of extraordinary artistic value.

Church of St. Nicholas, Malostranské náměstí, Prague 1

The church houses a unique organ built from 1745 – 1746. It was certainly played during the requiem Mass for Mozart.

Church of Sts. Simon and Jude, U Milosrdných 1, Prague 1

The church is famous for its Baroque music concerts and its well-preserved masterpiece organs that, according to legend, both Mozart and Joseph Haydn played, a distinction that saved their pipes from confiscation for the war in 1917.

Loreto, Loretánské náměstí 7, Prague 1

This church features a unique carillon. In addition, its organ is one of the most valuable monuments of Baroque organ making. Its special features are its broken octave and its bellows located outside the church.

Vyšehrad Cemetery and Slavín

Vyšehrad Cemetery is undoubtedly the most important national burial ground. It is the final resting place for more than 600 figures of culture and science. Notable musical personalities buried here include Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák and Zdeněk Fibich. Ema Destinnová, Jan Kubelík and Rafael Kubelík are interred in the monumental tomb Slavín.

 

Musical Museums

Czech Museum of Music, Karmelitská 2, Prague 1, www.nm.cz

In the former Church of St. Mary Magdalene, you can explore the collection of 400 historical musical instruments, including a fortepiano on which Mozart allegedly played.

Antonín Dvořák Museum, Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2, www.nm.cz

This permanent exhibition in a Baroque summer palace documents the life and work of the famous composer.

Bedřich Smetana Museum, Novotného lávka 1, Prague 1, www.nm.cz

This building once served as a water tower. Today, it is a museum documenting Smetana‘s life and work.

PopMuseum, Bělohorská 150, Prague 6, www.popmuseum.cz

Museum and archive of Czech and Slovak pop music.

Jaroslav Ježek Memorial (The Blue Room), Kaprova 10, Prague 1, www.nm.cz

The composer‘s room with an exceptionally well-preserved interior.

Lobkowicz Palace, Jiřská 3, Prague 1, www.lobkowicz.cz

This exhibition presents part of the music collection of the Lobkowicz family, including Beethoven‘s manuscripts.

 

Church Concert Venues

Basilica of St. James, Malá Štupartská 6, Prague 1

This minor basilica has the largest organ in Prague and organizes the annual International Organ Festival.

Basilica of St. George, Prague Castle, Prague 1

The second-oldest church in Prague presents concerts of classical and sacred music.

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Old Town Square, Prague 1

This Baroque church in the heart of Old Town presents concerts of classical music.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Křižovnické náměstí 3, Prague 1

The monastery church of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star offers unique organs and organ concerts.

Church of St. Giles, Husova, Prague 1

The Baroque church of the Dominicans presents concerts of sacred music.

Church of Sts. Simon and Jude, Dušní, Prague 1

Baroque church used mainly by the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

The Spanish Synagogue, Vězeňská, Prague 1

Part of the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum, with occasional concerts.

 

Music Festivals

Babel Prague, www.babelprague.cz

International experimental music festival.

Music Bridge Prague-Dresden, concert cycle between the cities, www.collegium1704.com

Collegium 1704 orchestra and choir project connects Prague‘s musical life with Dresden‘s.

Summer Festivities of Early Music, www.letnislavnosti.cz

International music festival in period costumes with historical instruments and top performers.

Prague Spring, www.festival.cz

The most important international festival of classical music, held in Prague, which includes performances by the world‘s top orchestras and artists. Traditionally, it starts with a performance of Smetana‘s Má vlast.

Stimul Festival, www.stimul-festival.cz

Club festival featuring less well-known musical styles.

Strings of Autumn, www.strunypodzimu.cz

This highlight of the autumn music season presents a selection of jazz, classical and world music.

United Islands, www.unitedislands.cz

This multi-genre open-air festival usually takes place on Prague‘s islands.

Opera Barocca, www.operabarocca.cz

This project presents works of baroque music, theater and dance.

Dvořák Prague, www.dvorakovapraha.cz

International music festival dedicated to the work of Antonín Dvořák.

Prague Proms, www.pragueproms.cz

International music festival inspired by the BBC Proms.

 

Shopping

Bontonland, Wenceslas Square 1, Prague 1, www.bontonland.cz

The largest music, film and accessories store in Prague. 

Via Musica, Old Town Square 14, Prague 1, www.pragueticketoffice.com

Large selection of classical music and jazz.

Musical Instruments, U Zlatého kohouta, Michalská 3, Prague 1, www.violin-hron.cz

Family-owned store selling stringed instruments. (B3)

Petrof Piano Salon, Jungmannovo náměstí 17, Prague 1, www.petrof-pianosalon.cz

Petrof brand shop selling upright and grand pianos.

Talacko Music Shop, Rybná 29, Prague 1, www.talacko.cz

Large selection of music literature and musical scores.

 

Concert Arenas

O2 Arena, Českomoravská 17, Prague 9, www.o2arena.cz

One of the most modern multipurpose halls in Europe, with a capacity of 18,000 spectators.

Synot Tip Arena, U Slavie 2a, Prague 10, www.edenarena.cz

Brand-new multi-functional stadium with 21,000 seats.

Tipsport Arena, Za Elektrárnou 419, Prague 7, www.tipsportarena-praha.cz

Multifunctional hall from 1962 for 14,000 spectators.

 

Music Schools

Academy of Performing Arts (AMU), Faculty of Music (HAMU), Malostranské náměstí

13, Prague 1, www.hamu.cz

Prague Conservatory, Na Rejdišti 1, Prague 1, www.prgcons.cz

Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory, Roškotova 4, Prague 4, www.kjj.cz

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