Špalíček (ballet)

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Špalíček (The Chap-Book or The Czech Year) is a 1932 three-act ballet composed by Bohuslav Martinů (H. 214). It premiered in 1933 in Prague with the subtitle "Ballet from folk games, customs, and fairytales - Ballet-revue".[1]


  • Act I: Fairy Tale of Puss in Boots
  • Act II: Fairy Tale of the Cobbler and Death
  • Act III: Fairy Tale of Cinderella

The material is inspired by tales and poems by Karel Jaromír Erben.


The ballet makes use of Bohemian/Moravian folk music with Martinů's characteristic scoring.


  • Supraphon (SU 3925-2): (recorded 1988): Anna Kratochvílová (soprano), Miroslav Kopp (tenor), Richard Novák (bass), Kantilena Children's chorus (Chorus master Ján Sedláček), Kühn Female Chorus, Chorus master Pavel Kühn, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by František Jílek.

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  1. ^ "Cinema City - Home Page". Cinemacity.cz. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2014-05-02.