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Extraordinary Prague United Music Artists diploma from the year of The Bartered Bride

Distinguished Czech composer (1824–1884) best known for his colorful symphonic poem The Moldau and the opera The Bartered Bride. DS, one page, 20.75 x 16.5, 1870. Diploma for Czech composer Frantisek Kavan, admitting him as an honorary member of the Prague United Music Artists. Signed at the conclusion by Smetana as a member of the board of directors. Also signed by Czech opera singer and founder of HLAHOL Jan Ludvik Lukes as chairman, Michal Hradecky as vice-chairman, and clarinetist Julius Pisarowitz as a member of the board of directors. In very good condition, with tears to top and bottom edges and mild staining. It seems that this was an organization founded by musicians to support widows and orphans in Prague. In 1870, Smetana completed one of his most important works, The Bartered Bride, a comic opera in three acts considered to have made a significant contribution to the development of Czech music. It had initially premiered in 1866 to little success, after which Smetana revised it—when it was presented at the Provisional Theatre in its final form in September 1870, The Bartered Bride became a tremendous public success. Smetana material is extremely scarce in any format, and this large, visually appealing diploma is unlike any others we have ever encountered. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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