Prague Conservatory, sometimes also Prague Conservatoire, in Czech PraÅ¾ská konzervatoÅ, educates and trains professional musical and theatrical artists. Applicants must pass stringent entrance examinations, often held in several elimination rounds, show talent for the selected subject, overall musical talent as well as physical and psychological dispositions for their selected subject.
The Prague Conservatoire was founded in 1808 by local aristocrats and burghers. Classes first started in 1811, after a delay caused by Napoleonic Wars. BedÅich Diviš Weber was appointed the first director of the school. In 1891, Antonín DvoÅák joined the faculty as the head of the composition department. He was the school's director between 1901 and 1904. DvoÅák's students included the composers VítÄzslav Novák, Josef Suk (later served as director of the Conservatory), Rudolf Friml, Oskar Nedbal, and Franz Lehár.
The Department are listed below
• Organ and harpsichord
• Classical singing
• Stringed instruments
• Musical Drama Department
• Mandatory Piano
Library and Archives of the Prague Conservatory is one of the richest of its kind in Central Europe. Her specialty materials are from the 19th century, but it also contains unique items from earlier eras. The activities of this specialized library consists in the acquisition, processing and access to musical material to users in the form of traditional and electronic, to provide search services and the protection and processing of sheet music. Its research activities are focused on the processing of Czech and foreign music and the gradual transfer to the automated systems of the widest possible access to professionals and the public. The library holds a considerable amount of musical material intended for both students and teachers of the Conservatoire and the broadest musical public. Collections of historical music is used increasingly to study our and foreign researchers. It is possible to rent both the score and the piano scores of operas and choral material, notes and music schools for individual instruments, etudes, chamber music and others. The library also represented the book with a musical theme. This is a textbook of harmony, counterpoint, books on instruments, music history and music encyclopedia. Books are as contemporary as can find even historical writings from the 19th century.
The library and archive is an extensive collection of old manuscripts, autographs and prints a variety of musical genres. They are represented pedagogical works, symphonies, chamber music, opera and church music but also contemporary works. The collection also includes an extensive set of audio recordings - gramophone records, cassettes, CDs, phonograph cylinders and others. The archive also houses a rare collection of correspondence, mostly celebrities (Dvorak, Janacek, Kubelik, of the world eg. Wagner, Liszt, Spohr, and others).