Traditional Czech music has been a great source of inspiration for excellent composers from Moravia or Bohemia such as Leoš Janáček, Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and Bohuslav Martinů.
Traditional Bohemian music is the most innovative in Chodsko where the bagpipe is common. Moravian traditional music is best known for cimbalom which is played in ensembles that also include the double bass, clarinet, and violins. Traditional music from the regions of Moravia shows foreign influences from border countries but has also influenced other music such as Mexican music. Traditional Moravian music is traditionally accompanied by folklore and costumes, as you can see in this video.
Czech folk music
Folk style is the center of Czech music. Its classical dance – the polka or the hulan – are very popular, and some Czech singers make this renown a success.
The famous Karel Gott is the illustration. You may not know but he is the most famous singer of the Czech audience, their Johnny Hallyday or Paul McCartney national.
Czech Pop Music
English-speaking visitors listening to the Czech radio can be surprised by the abundance of familiar tunes with Czech-spoken lyrics. These imported pop standards have been repeated, often with influences and instruments derived from more traditional Czech styles.
In recent years we can distinguish several types of Czech pop. First of all classical pop faithful to Czech language and influences. The Krystof band excels in this register for example:
Some Czech artists prefer to sing in English. This is the case of Lenny who remixed the famous Hello of Adéle.
Rap also has its place in the Czech Republic, notably thanks to Slovak artists like Victorious or too young Czechs who again popularize the national rap like Lipo.
So as you understood, Czech music is not mediatised but is not less interesting!