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Jaroslav Ježek Memorial Kaprova 10, Praha 1

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The Jaroslav Ježek Memorial – The Blue Room – is found at no. 10 on Kaprova Street in Prague’s Old Town. It was here that this important pianist and composer spent the better part of his short but intensive career.

The building is adorned by an inconspicuous bust of Ježek by the sculptor Václav Vokálek. The interior of the ‘Blue Room’ and its contents, coming from the 1930s, have been preserved thanks to Ježek’s mother and later his sister. The modern functionalist furniture was designed by a friend of the composer, the architect František Zelenka, who also designed sets for the Liberated Theatre. The unusual treatment of colour on the walls and ceiling as well as the various sources of lighting created an environment that accommodated the needs of Ježek’s impaired vision. We can see here the piano on which Ježek played. Also distinctive is the rich library, containing many important works from Ježek’s time including, in the musical portion, scores with personal dedications from Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. Ježek’s artistic orientation is also documented by his partially-preserved collection of phonograph recordings.