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Jan NOVÁK

(*8. 4. 1921 Nová Říše na Moravě — †17. 11. 1984 Neu Ulm)

Czech composer

He studied at the Monastery School in Velehrad where he aquired the knowledge of Latin, later continued his studied at the Conservatory in Brno. He was deported during the Second War. After the war, he continued in studies at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with Pavel Bořkovec and at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno with Vilém Petrželka. In 1947, he received a Scholarship from the Ježek Foundation in USA with Aaron Copland, later continued with Bohuslav Martinů in New York who influenced him significantly. From 1948, he lived and worked in Brno as a composer and pianist. In 1963, he co-founded the Creative Groupe A in Brno, that was focused on the art of composition and theory of contemporary music. After occupation of the Czechoslovakia in 1968, he moved to the Denmark. Between 1970 and 1977, he worked as a teacher and choirmaster in Italian Roverto. From 1977, he taught at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. He has counted among the must gifted Czech artists of the period following the 2nd War. He was inspired by Moravian folklore, jazz and New Music (ca 1960) and also by his experience in the theatre. In his compositions, he used Latin, as can be found in 12 Collections of Songs, 9 Collections of Choirs, cantatas Dido (1967), Ignis pro Ioanum Palach (1969) as well as ballets with texts, in the stage music. His later work included six instrumental concerts and almost 25 instrumental and chamber compositions. His work has been released by the editorial house G. Zanibon Padua, Supraphon and Panton.
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