Of the performance of Smetena’s Libuse at the Théâtre National Tchèque, Mauclair writes : “j’ai vécu là, deux des plus belles heures musicales de ma vie” and comments in his Histoire de la musique européenne 1815-1914 (Paris, 1914, p.209), that Smetena was the first to raise a national voice in Bohemia and opened the path for the future of music in this country. Mauclair’s music text was written with the aim of making his French readers more aware of the beautiful music that existed outside of France.
As for the music of Anton Dvorak, Mauclair sees the joy and suffering of the Czech people transcribed into a constant confrontation of a lamento alternating with humorous caprice creating a music of great beauty.
He also mentions the composers François Skuhersky, Charles Schebor, Charles Bendl, Josef Rozkosny, Théodor Bradsky, Edouard Napravnik and Zdenko Fibich, all unknown in France during the fin-de siècle epoch.
For Mauclair, the music of Czechoslovakia is very original; the
intimate expression of Bohemia, inspired by popular Czech and
Slovakian lieder, amplified orchestrally without ever losing
the local colour.
---. La Religion de la musique. (Paris : Fischbacher, 1909).
---. Histoire de la
musique européenne 1815-1914. (Paris : Fischbacher, 1914).