Czech - Slovak Music


Czech music has its roots in sacred music from more than a millenium ago. The Czech lands of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia have their own distinctive folk music alongside an established and world-famous tradition of classical music.

The music of Slovakia has been influenced both by the county's native Slovak peoples and the music of neighbouring regions. Whilst there are traces of pre-historic musical instruments, the country has a rich heritage of folk music and mediaeval liturgical music, and from the 18th century onwards, in particular, musical life was influenced by that of Austria-Hungary. In the 19th century, composers such as Ján Levoslav Bella began to write romantic music with a Slovak character. In the twentieth century, there were a number of composers who identified with Slovak culture. After the fall of communism in 1989–90 the country also began to develop its own popular music scene in Western style.



Resource Description
Encyclopaedia Britannica

Bedřich Smetana

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Antonín Dvořák, David Mathias Lloyd-Jones


Leoš Janáček


Bohuslav Martinů

Musical Instruments

Resource Description
Naše rodina (2005 September)  🔒 Musical Instruments from the Czech Lands and Slovak Lands
Naše rodina (1996 June)  🔒 Slovakia's Unique Fujara, Helene Baine Cincebeaux

CGSI 15th Genealogical/Cultural Conference (2015), page 77  🔒

Presentation on the Fujara and other Slovak musical instruments, Bohuslav “Bob” Rychlik


General Information



CGSI Seattle Symposium (2008)  🔒 Orientation to the Czech Language through Words and Music, Jaroslava Soldanova
Naše rodina (1996 Sept)  🔒 Roots of Instrumental Folk Music, Jiri Luska
CGSI Digital Library  🔒

Shared Values, Traditions and Struggles, Dr. Cecilia Rokusek

CGSI Digital Library  🔒

Slovak Folklore, Michal Razus

CGSI Digital Library  🔒

Sokol South Omaha Local History Project--A Documentary Collection, Margie Sobotka

CGSI Seattle Symposium (2008)  🔒 Orientation to the Czech Language through Words and Music, Jaroslava Soldanova
CGSI Store Book

Slovak American Touches: Family Recipes, History, Folk Arts, Toni Brendel

Naše rodina (1991)  🔒 Musical Roots Discovered and Celebrated, Anita Smisek and Joel Blahnik
Naše rodina (1996 June)  🔒 The Folk "old time," Music of German-Bohemians, La Vem J Rippley,