J. B. Foerster society

Karel Otáhal: J. B. Foerster

The J. B. Foerster Society was founded in 1919 on the occasion of the composer’s sixtieth birthday. In the original by-laws, the society`s objectives are “to promote and disseminate the musical arts, and in particular contemporary music, by means of concert production, music publishing and distribution, lectures” and other activities. The first president of the association was composer Otakar Ostrčil. In the ensuing years, thanks to the Foerster Society, works by Bedřich Smetana, Otakar Ostrčil, Rudolf Karel, Otakar Jeremiáš and others, including of course works by Foerster himself, were published. Today, the Society has as its main objective the promotion of works by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, in particular the dissemination of overlooked or unpublished works.

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New facsimile edition: JBF – two christmas songs

In 1959 the Society gained the use of the former refectory of St. Adalbert`s church for its activities, which included concerts and lectures.

In 2012 the company had to vacate the space because of much-needed renovations and at present uses alternative venues for its events.

St. Adalbert`s Church, Prague photograph courtesy of VěK

During the last half-century, the Foerster Society has undergone personnel and legal changes. From 1973 to 2007, it functioned as part of the Czech Music Society.  In March 2007, it was transformed into a civil association. The presidency during this last stage was held by professor Radomír Melmuk and subsequently by Dr. Jana Fojtíková. Mrs. Mila Smetáčková provided indispensible support to what is now the J. B. Foerster Society until her passing.

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