“Every Czech a Musician” – cliché or reality?

There is a saying: “Every Czech a musician”. But is there any truth in it? One can hardly doubt, that this country has a very long and rich musical tradition. But are Czechs really more musical than other nations? Vít Pohanka set out to find out, whether this saying is more a cliché than reality.

I am at a rehearsal of a children’s choir in a small town in the middle of the Bohemian – Moravian Highlands. This music ensemble has existed in the small town of Žďár nad Sázavou for many decades and has brought up generations of amateur music lovers. After the rehearsal, I stop to chat with some of its teenage members.

Katya, for example, has been singing under professional supervision since the age of five. She tells me about the joy and fun it brings into her life. She doesn’t want to study music at the conservatory or sing for money. It just makes her happy.

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Author: Vít Pohanka