11th Workshop of the Czech Handel Society

Thursday 17 May 2012 at 6.00 pm.

Classroom No. 16 at 'Vyšší odborná škola oděvního návrhářství a Střední průmyslová škola oděvní' (Vocational High School for Clothing Design and Secondary Technical School for Clothing), Jablonského 3/333, Prague 7 - Holešovice, Czech Republic, close to the underground station 'Nádraží Holešovice' (line 'C').

Admission free.

Snacks & drinks available in vending machines on the premises of the School.


'Chill Penury Repress'd Their Noble Rage.'
Jan Ladislav Dusík (Dussek; 1760-1812) in His Homeland

The lecture will be given by PhDr. Michaela Freemanová.

Henri-Pierre Danloux (1753-1809): Jan Ladislav Dusík (Dussek; 1760-1812). Oil painting on canvas, 1795. 52.5 × 55.7 cm. Royal College of Music, London, England. Museum of Instruments.

The family situation, into which Jan Ladislav Dusík (Dussek) was born, did not suggest that the musically talented children of Jan Josef Dusík (1738-1818), a teacher and organist at Čáslav, Bohemia, were to enjoy an international career. This feeling is also supported by the paraphrase of Thomas Gray's (1716-1771) verse 'Chill Penury repress'd their noble rage', by which Charles Burney (1726-1814) concluded his impressions from his visit to Čáslav in 1772. As documented by period sources, the reality was, however, different - Jan Ladislav Dusík, his brother František Josef Benedikt (1765-after 1816), and their sister Kateřina Veronika Anna (1769-1833) played an important role in the music history at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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