Poet, son of the writer Lev Blatný (1894-1930). Born in Brno, he spent the first part of his life here – before escaping into exile in 1948. He lived in a house...
Poet, translator and publicist, Brno born, spent his childhood and youth here. He learned the bookseller’s trade from A. Píša and for a brief period (1919–1921)...
Poet and publicist. Lived in Brno from 1937 until his death, latterly at Mášova street. He is linked to several cultural institutions (the Brno studios of Czechoslovak...
Poet, publicist, memoirist. The first – and so far the only Czech to receive the Nobel prize for Literature. In addition to the lasting popularity he won through...
Poet, writer, editor and translator. Spent most of his life in Brno and is closely linked to a number of Brno cultural institutions (the magazine Host do domu...
Poet and schoolteacher. His connection to Brno dates back to his university days. Apart from one interlude, he has been living to this day at Poděbradova street....
Kamenný vrch (Stone Hill) Kohoutovice Kohoutovice (Hotel Myslivna) Koliště (Koliště Street) Komárov Komín Komín, Hlavní (Main street, the Dvořáks’ ) Královo Pole, Palackého třída (Palacký Street) Kraví hora - hvězdárna (observatory) Kraví hora (Cow Hill) Křenová (Křenová Street) Křížová (Křížová Street)
Slovanské náměstí (Slavonic Square) Soběšice St James Square (Churche of St James) St. Anne’s Hospital Stará radnice - Brněnský drak (Old Town Hall - Brno Dragon) Starobrněnská (Starobrněnská Street) Svitava river Svratka river
1926 – 1989
Editor of Czechoslovak Radio in Brno, journalist, writer of poetry and drama. One of the notables of Brno cultural life, ostracized during the ‘normalization’ by losing his job and being banned from publishing. His poem “Mozartův trylek” (Mozart’s trill) harkens back to the Brno visit by that musical prodigy, who performed here as an eleven-year-old, when his family left Vienna for Moravia in fear of an outbreak of chickenpox. Mozart’s family most probably stayed at the Schrattenbach palace (today’s Mahen Library situated at Kobližná street no. 4) and spent Christmas there in 1767. During his visit, Mozart, together with his sister Nannerl performed to great acclaim on 30 December in the Taverna (today’s Reduta Theatre on Zelný trh) at a concert put on for local nobility.
Very sombre gentlemen and ladies,
porcelain figures seeming
to Kobližná came, waited-
on by servants, footmen, braided,
opening gates, gold-gleaming –
and with so much commotion
the scarcely noticed, rather,
that youngster, little Mozart
with Leopold, his father.
With only fame’s small Kreuzer
did they, for form’s sake, pay him
his debtors ever, leaving
him nought, but life’s long hardship –
no more than alms receiving.
Yet on he played, to please them,
till the room sparkled, soaring,
just as if liquid silver
from Mozart’s hands were pouring,
giving all, never heeding
fame would not flower forever,
child minuets once over
life would weigh heavy, cover,
gripping his throat and stifling
his Requiem composition,
Mozart’s last before dying,
unsung to its completion.
Yesterday was a day so clear, trop beau.
Over the city snow-white clouds’ full sail,
a when the sun hit the streets,
the Palace at Kobližná shone
like a golden flambeau.
A cheery Mozart trill
in silvery quivering flutter
finally freely rang
out over Brno city.
Tachovský, Karel: Město v notách (The City in Music), Brno: Krajské nakladatelství 1957