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Rudolf PISKÁČEK

(*15. 3. 1884 Prague — †24. 10. 1940 Prague)

Czech composer and conductor

He studied composition and the organ et the Prague Conservatory 1903-06. His Violin Sonata A minor was awarded first prize of the Czech Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main job was the composing of operetta and conducting (in Aréna, Vinohrady Theatre, Akropolis in Prague, in 1925-26 also in České Budějovice. Of his 40 operettas those that have been most performed are Slovácká princezka (1917), Tulák (The Tramp, 1924) and Perly panny Serafínky (Miss Serafinka´s Pearls, 1928). Many of his compositions are inspired by Czech and Moravian folksongs (Fantasia for piano, Slovácká princezka, many male chorus). Piskáček´s brother Adolf was a composer and choirmaster.