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JAROSLAV KŘIČKA

(*27.8.1882 Kelč +23.1.1969)


Czech composer, conductor, organiser, pedagogue and publicist

He studied the Prague Conservatory with K. Knittl and K. Stecker, 1905-6 he finished his study in Berlin. After, he was living in Russia (Dnepropetrovsk) where he promoted Czech Music -i.e. he founded and conducted new symphony orchestra, wrote to the music journals about Czech music life. From 1909 after his return to Prague he became a choirmaster of Hlahol, the choir premiering the work by Janáček, Novák or Jeremiáš. From the year 1918 he was designed professor of composition and in the difficult time of occupation rector of Conservatory. After 1945 he devoted himself to composition. Early compositions are influenced by Russian style: i.e. 1st String Quartet "Russian" (1907), Severní noci (North Nights, 1910), Tři bajky pro soprán a klavír (Three Fables for soprano and piano, 1917), Elegie na smrt Rimského-Korsakova (Elegy to the Death of Rimskij-Korsakov, 1918). Modrý pták (Blue Bird) orchestral ouverture to the Maeterlinck play (1911), opera Hipolyta (1910-16) or opera Bílý pán (White Gentleman) became more known around the world, especially in England. Křička composed in all genres including the music for film or for children. He edited many popular publications.