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What is The Year of Czech Music 2014

Music is a notable part of the Czech cultural identity. People all over the world know the names Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů a Josef Suk. Anniversaries of the above mentioned composers and many others fall into years ending in the number four and for this reason they are known traditionally as The Years of Czech Music.

The artistic patronage of the Year of Czech Music in 2014 was taken on by Sir Simon Rattle and the opera singer Magdaléna Kožená. This year’s honorary president is conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Political backing is provided by the president of the republic Miloš Zeman.

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