Music of Czech Republic 


The traditional music of the Czech Republic  has been well-documented as a result of the work of composers like Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak and Bohuslav Martinu, who recorded and utilized national sounds in their compositions.

Undoubtedly the most internationally famous form of Czech folk music is Bohemian polka. Polka was a dance in duple time that became popular across Europe in the 19th century and spread across the world, influencing music from Mexico to Japan. Modern Bohemian music is most innovative in Chodsko, where bagpipes are common. Moravian folk music is best-known for the cimbalom, which are played in ensembles that also include double bass clarinet and violins. Moravian regions include foreign influences, especially Valachia and its Romanian history, and Lachia with Polish aspects.

Janacek made his recordings at an auspicious time. The 1880s saw the decline of traditional music. Janacek brough a Moravian string band to the 1895 National Czecho-Slavonic Ethnographical Exhibition in Prague, which led to increased feelings of national pride and identity, and a resurgence in traditional music.

Prague is known for its pub songs called staroprazske pisnieky, which are influenced by Viennese schrammelmusik and other sources. These songs are stilly played by popular bands like Slapeto. A more modernized urban folk music is called trampská hudba (tramp music) Trampská hudba has been popular since its invention in Czech cities, where poor rural immigrants lived early in the 20th century.

The 1960s saw American bluegrass music gain widespred popularity, and the first European bluegrass festival was held in 1972 (the Annual Banjo Jamboree in Kopidlno). Poutníci is the most influential Czech bluegrass band.




  • (cordofoni) cimbalom - violins

  • (aerofoni) bagpipes - double bass clarinet

  • (ancia libera)

  • (membranofoni)

  • (idiofoni)

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