Karel Husa, Music for Prague 1968September 14, 2022
Online exhibit from the Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections; curated by Gail E. Lowther.
Karel Husa’s masterful Music for Prague 1968 is widely regarded as a staple of wind band repertoire. Since its premiere in January 1969, performers, reviewers, and audiences alike have embraced the poignancy of the work’s message of the brutality of war and the universal longing for freedom.
In November 2016, the Karel Husa Archive—an extensive collection of the composer’s manuscripts and sketches, performance scores, recordings, and papers—arrived at Sibley Music Library, having been transferred at the composer’s request from its first home at Ithaca College. Music for Prague 1968, along with many of Husa’s other masterpieces, is intimately preserved in the Archive in sketches and scores, recordings, newspaper reviews, photographs, letters, and innumerable documents, many of which testify of the work’s powerful and lasting impact.
 Mark D. Scatterday, “Karel Husa: Music for Prague 1968,” in Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band, ed. Kenneth L. Neidig (Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2009), 42. Call number: MT 135 .P438 2009.
 Zachary Cairns, “Music for Prague 1968: A Display of Czech Nationalism from America,” Studia Musicologica 56, no. 4 (2015): 443–458. Available via JSTOR.
 Karel Husa, “Music for Prague 1968,” in The College and University Band: An Anthology of Papers from the Conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, 1941–1975, compiled by David Whitwell and Acton Ostling (Reston, VA: MENC, 1977). Call number: ML1311 .C698 1977
 Lawrence W. Hartzell, “Karel Husa: The Man and the Music,” Musical Quarterly 62, no. 1 (1976): 87–104. Available via JSTOR.
Performance by the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday (2017). Streaming audio available to UR/ESM community.
Performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen (2009). Streaming audio available via NAXOS.
Rehearsal of movement 1 (Introduction and Fanfare) by the United States Marine Band under director Col. Jason K. Fettig. Available via YouTube.