Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Celebration of mass

Venue: St James's Church [Kostel svatého Jakuba] (Church)

Event type: Church music events

Date: 08/09/1859

Season: Summer

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • St James's Church [Kostel svatého Jakuba]: participating institution, vv, orch
  • PROŠKA, Václav: director of ensemble, conductor
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass Missa brevis, nr.15, B-flat major, K272b
PROŠKA, Václav : Zdrávas Maria (Ave Maria), mix vv chorus
PROŠKA, Václav : unspecified offertorium, vv orch


Václav Proška was at this time the director of the choir at Sv Jakub. His new Ave Maria setting in the Czech language, Zdrávas Maria, was considered by the unsigned Dalibor review to be ‘successful, [with] clever handling of the voices and music appropriate to the text.’ The critic also considered that Proška’s offertorium with orchestral accompaniment was worthy of praise, testifying to the composer’s learning and noting how the good performance ensured that the work had a ‘pretty’ effect.

Summary of sources:

Dalibor, hudební časopis s měsíční notovou přílohou (10/09/1859)