Prague committed to music and literature
Music lovers have to pay Prague a visit. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is considered one of the world’s best. The renowned composers Antonín Dvořak and Bedřich Smetana both spent most of their lives in Prague. Some of their pieces premiered here in Prague. The Bedřich-Smetana-Museum is dedicated to this great musician. Since 1946 the Prague Spring International Music Festival has opened on the anniversary of the death of Smetana with his cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast (My Country).
Franz Kafka is Prague’s best known writer, but little was published during his lifetime and attracted scant public attraction. Only after World War II, 20 years after his death, he gained international recognition. Today, there is the Kafka Museum, the Franz-Kafka-Square and street (Náměstí Franze Kafky).