Vitezslava Kapralova (Brno 1915-Montpellier 1940) is an important twentieth-century Czech composer. A child prodigy, she started composing at nine, and at fifteen she entered the Brno Conservatory. Her music was much admired by Rafael Kubelik who premiered her orchestral song Waving Farewell and performed several other works. In 1946, in appreciation of her distinctive contribution, the foremost academic institution in the country – the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Arts – awarded Kapralova membership in memoriam. By 1948 this honor was bestowed on only 10 women, out of 648 members of the Academy. Only one of the ten women was a musician – Kapralova.
Kapralova’s creative output includes her highly regarded art-songs and music for keyboard, music for cello and piano, violin and piano, a reed trio, a string quartet, two piano concertos, a concertino for clarinet, violin and orchestra, two orchestral suites, a sinfonietta, two choruses, and an orchestral cantata. Some of Kapralova’s music was published during her life (Pazdirek, HMUB, Melantrich, and La Sirene éditions musicales), and continued to be published following the composer’s death (some works in multiple editions) by various publishing houses at home and abroad. (taken from The Kapralova Society)