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Jiří ŠLITR

(*15. 2. 1924 Zálesní Lhota — †26. 12. 1969 Prague)

Czech composer, pianist and artist

He studied law at the Charles University in Prague. He started with music in Rychnov in student ensemble Czechoslovak Dixiland Jazz Band. In the years 1958-61 he worked as a pianist in Laterna Magica. From 1958 he began to perform with J. Suchý in Reduta. In 1959 they founded the theatre Semafor. Together they wrote many plays: Člověk z půdy (Man from the Loft, 1959), Zuzana je sama doma (Zuzana is Home Alone, 1960), Taková ztráta krve (Such Loss of Blood, 1960), Šest žen Jindřicha VIII. (Six Women of Henry VIII., 1962) and others. In the year 1962 they performed for first time as actors in the cabaret play Jonáš and Tingl-Tangl. The songs composed by pair Šlitr (music)-Suchý (text) became very popular.