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(*23.1.1894 Lechovice nr. Znojmo + 28.4.1982 Prague)

Czech music writer and publicist

He studied at the Philosophical Faculty, from 1919 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires. In the years 1927-38 he worked as a diplomat in Paris where he promoted Czech music. He aided to Martinů make it in U.S.A., where he spent more years between 1939-45. In 1946 he returned to Prague. He participated in the establishing of the Theatre of Music in Prague. As a close friend of Martinů he wrote about him many articles and books: i.e. Bohuslav Martinů - The Man and his Music, 1944; Bohuslav Martinů - Život a dílo, 1961 (Life and Work) and he edited his literary heritage in the book Bohuslav Martinů - Domov, hudba a svět (Home, Music and World, 1966).