Z repertoáru Vlastenského divadla v Praze

Language: Czech
Title:Z repertoáru Vlastenského divadla v Praze
Sochorová, Ludmila
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Literature, 53, 2, pp. 153-178
Uncontrolled Keywords:Patriots’ Theatre, Don Jean, Czech Drama, Opera, 18th century,


This contribution seeks to characterize and delimit the likely period of the writing of a late Czech adaptation of the story of Don Juan. The Czech version is clearly influenced by the French Neo-Classical tradition and the tradition of the renowned commedie dell’arte of eighteenth-century Italy. The text of the earliest-known Czech version of this sentimental morality play about a Spanish libertine and atheist has survived in only an incomplete version. The work is obviously by an educated author, who used in it elements and motifs of the Baroque theatre tradition, the homiletics of the period, and the tradition of Baroque music and song, as well as the influence of professional theatre production of the Late Enlightenment. The combining of these diverse approaches and devices of drama and theatre, including the remarkable language of the drama, with its numerous bits of dialect, demonstrate the late urban provenance of this idiosyncratic Czech adaptation and its “second life” in east Bohemia. The character of the sentimental, moralizing text, which has hitherto been considered part of the eighteenth-century Bohemian puppet shows, but also determined the inclusion of the play in the repertoire of the professional Prague Czech-German Vlastenské divadlo U Hybernů, and the apparently marginal mention of “hraběnka Binos” (Countess Binos) makes it possible to date the place and time of the writing of this late Czech morality play as being Prague sometime in 1795–96.

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Title:Z repertoáru Vlastenského divadla v Praze
Translated title:From the Repertoire of the Patriots’ Theatre, Prague
Sochorová, Ludmila
Uncontrolled Keywords:Patriots’ Theatre, Don Jean, Czech Drama, Opera, 18th century,
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of Czech Literature > Česká literatura (Czech Literature)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Literature
Page Range:pp. 153-178
Publisher:Insitute of Czech Literature, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:5485
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:20 May 2010 12:07
Last Modified:20 May 2010 10:07


Sochorová, Ludmila (2005) Z repertoáru Vlastenského divadla v Praze. Czech Literature, 53 (2). pp. 153-178. ISSN 0009-0468

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