Aims of The Czech Handel Society
- Conditional on technical
and other considerations, we will as widely as possible
support both live and recorded performances of Handel's
compositions on Czechoslovak territory. We attach particular
importance to the pivotal works that are being for the
greater part neglected in Czechoslovakia, namely the operas
and the oratorios.
- On Czechoslovak
territory we will, to the same extent, support Handel
research, as well as publication activities, and sculpture
- Looking towards the future
we envisage our own public programmes with recorded music,
live concerts and specialized lectures.
- The Society shall
keep under review and, simultaneously, contribute to a
positive course of the Handel renaissance both in
Czechoslovakia and abroad. In the outlined spirit it shall
acquaint the culturally-minded public with Handel's life, work
and heritage, emphasizing above all the universally
acknowledged humanist and democratic values.
- We consider publishing our
own periodical, eventually a miscellaneous volume (entitled
probably 'Centimanus'), which should serve not only as a
bulletin but also as a reliable source of Handelian
- In relation to Handel we
shall also from a wider viewpoint focus our attention on his
contemporaries and, in general, on the artistic and
historical events within the framework of baroque Europe.
- We will be paying particular
attention to the direct and indirect connections between
Handel's personality and work and the lands of
Czechoslovakia. Besides Prague these locations are especially
included: Brtnice (district Jihlava),
Náměšť nad Oslavou (district
Třebíč), Nové Dvory (district
Kutná Hora), Zákupy (district Česká
- We will continue our close
collaboration with kindred foreign societies with which we
have already been in contact. These are the organizations
concerned: the international George Frideric Handel Society
(Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft) based in
Halle an der Saale, the Göttingen Handel Society
(Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft e.V.), the Handel
Society Karlsruhe (Händel-Gesellschaft Karlsruhe
e.V.), the Handel Institute (Great Britain) and
The American Handel Society (University of Maryland).
At the same time we do not exclude future contacts with
further foreign institutions.
- We will look into and
discuss the possibility of forming a collective membership of
our Society in the international George Frideric
Handel Society based in Halle an der Saale.
- We will be encouraging as
many of our members as possible to participate in foreign
Handel festivals, courses and conferences. Czechoslovak
economic conditions permitting, we will be undertaking our
own thematic domestic as well as foreign excursions in search
of Handel's life and work.
These aims were approved in Prague on 28th
March, 1990 at the constituent session of The Czech Handel