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(*23. 1. 1904 Telč — †19. 3. 1969 Brno)

Czech conductor, composer and pedadogue

In 1922-26 he studied composition under Kvapil and conducting under Neumann at the Brno Conservatory. From 1926 to 1929 Schaefer studied composition in Novák´s masterclass in Prague. From 1930 he worked as a teacher at music school in Kutná Hora. In 1934 he settled in Brno where he taught at Kaprál´s music school, then composition and theory at Brno Conservatory. In 1959 he started to teach at the Janáček´s Academy. In 1930´s and 40´s Schaefer conducted amateur choirs and orchestras. In 1960´s he was a head of the Brno branch of the Union of Czechoslovak Composers. He also directed the newly established International Music Festival in Brno. Schaefer´s compositional style was influenced by Novák, later by western European avant-garde. He had set to music a piece by G. Neveux Julie aneb snář (Juliet or The Dreambook, 1933-4) four years before Martinů used this work. His other outstanding works are the Third String Quartet (1944-5), the ballet cycle Legenda o štěstí (Legend of Happiness, 1949-54) after Svatopluk Čech, the Diathema for viola and orchestra (1955-6), the Barbar a růže (Barbarian and the Rose, 1957-8), the Symphony (1959-62), the Rapsodická reportáž (Rapsodic reportage, 1960) for symphonic orchestra.

J.Havlík: Česká symfonie 1945-1980 (Czech Symphony) (Prague, 1989)