Kde domov muj (Where Is My Home)
Virtuoso variations on the Czech national anthem for solo violin
The leading Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl dedicated his virtuoso variations on the Czech national anthem to “his homeland”. The song Kde domov muj (Where Is My Home) originates from Josef Kajetán Tyl’s play Fidlovacka aneb Žádný hnev a žádná rvacka (Fidlovacka or No Anger and No Brawl) premiered at the Estate Theatre in Prague on 21 December 1834. The music was composed by František Škroup. The song quickly gained nation-wide popularity and became the national anthem.
In his Foreword, Pavel Šporcl provides violinists with guidance on how to interpret the piece: “… The base plan of the composition, which should always be maintained in performances consists of the introduction, the theme, variations nos. 1, 3 and 6 (from a total of eight), and the finale. It is up to the musician to choose which of the other variations to include in a concert performance…”
Šporcl recorded his variations on the Czech national anthem – the CD was released by Šporcl Arts Agency s.r.o. in 2016.