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Vasa Prihóda

Váša Příhoda (22 August 1900 – 26 July 1960) was a Czech violinist, considered a Paganini specialist, and his recording of the Violin Concerto in A minor by Dvořák is still praised.

Váša Příhoda was born in Vodňany in 1900. His father, Alois Příhoda, was his first teacher and remained so for ten years. Váša studied privately with Jan Mařák (a student of Otakar Ševčík), making his first public concert at age 13, playing the 4th Violin Concerto by Mozart. At age 19 a tour of Italy proved unsuccessful; poverty-stricken, he joined the orchestra of the Café Grand’Italia in Milan to earn money.

There, he was heard by chance by Arturo Toscanini, who arranged a benefit concert for him. He resumed his Italian tour, this time to great success. He was said to have been given Niccolò Paganini's own violin on which to play. He toured Brazil and the United States in 1920, and the USA again in 1921. He once shared the stage of the Royal Albert Hall with Pablo Casals, but the pairing was considered unfortunate.

Příhoda concertized extensively all over the world and made a number of recordings when the industry was in its infancy. Unfortunately, some of his recordings were not well-produced so the sound quality is poor. He played in the U.S. many times.

He married violinist Alma Rosé in 1930, but they divorced in March 1935 in Czechoslovakia. His second wife was also Jewish. He appeared in two films in 1936: A Woman Between Two Worlds and The Love of the Maharaja. During World War II he taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As he had continued to perform in Germany and German-occupied territories after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, he was briefly charged with collaboration after the war, and censured by the Czech government.

He later taught at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, where his students included Friedrich Cerha. His students also included the cellist Jascha Silberstein. Vienna was his base of operations for many years though he taught in Prague, Munich, and Salzburg as well.

After 1950, he dedicated most of his time to teaching and he also composed small chamber works, which are no longer played. In 1946 he left Czechoslovakia with his family. He moved in 1946 to Rapallo in Italy and then, in 1948, to Turkey, taking Turkish nationality.

He returned to Czechoslovakia in 1956. This comeback was received most enthusiastically in Prague. He played recitals with pianist Alfred Holeček in the Rudolfinum Music Hall, and performed Dvořák's Violin Concerto in Smetana Hall of the Municipal House during the Prague Spring Festival.

Příhoda composed his own cadenzas to all the concertos he played. He gave his last concerts in April 1960 and died of heart disease on 26 July 1960, aged 59.

He also wrote a number of minor pieces, such as Slawische Melodie, Caprice and Sérénade, some of which he recorded. He wrote cadenzas to the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, which have been recorded by Josef Suk.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 22nd, 1900 (Vodňany), Died July 26th, 1960 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 167bg 12-in. 1925 Berceuse Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick 168bg 12-in. 1925 Turkish march Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7753 10-in. 1/25/1921 La ronde des lutins Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7754 10-in. 1/25/1921 Waltz Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7786 10-in. 2/9/1921 Sextette Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7787 10-in. 2/9/1921 Jota de Pablo Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7801 10-in. 2/16/1921 Dumka Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7802 10-in. 2/16/1921 Humoreska, op. 7 no. 2 Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7820 10-in. 3/2/1921 Humoreske Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7821 10-in. 3/2/1921 Caprice viennois Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7861 10-in. 3/23/1921 Songs my mother taught me Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 7862 10-in. 3/23/1921 On wings of song Asta Doubravska ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8274 10-in. 11/1/1921 Adagio religioso Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8275 10-in. 11/1/1921 Allegro Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8285 10-in. 11/7/1921 Gypsy serenade Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8286 10-in. 11/7/1921 Spanish dance Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8307 10-in. 11/30/1921 Concerto in E minor : Andante Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8308 10-in. 11/30/1921 Concerto in E minor : Allegro molto vivace Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8413 10-in. 4/11/1922 Andante Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8415 10-in. 4/12/1922 Air Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8416 10-in. 4/12/1922 Hymn to the sun Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Edison 8417 10-in. 4/12/1922 Witches dance Otto Eisen ; Vasa Prihóda Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Prihóda, Vasa," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105613.

Prihóda, Vasa. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105613.

"Prihóda, Vasa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

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