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Vlastimil HÁLA

(*7.7.1924, Souš (Most) - ✝29.7.1985, Vysoký Újezd)

Czech composer, arranger, author of dance-, film- and incidental-music

He studied business academy, composition privately with J. Rychlík and J. Feld. Shortly, he absolved composition and arrangement of pop music in London. After WWII, he became a member of the group Swing Stars, from the year 1947 to 1964 he was a trumpeter and an arranger of popular Karel Vlach's Orchestra.

During the year 1964-84 he worked as a music director in Radio. He wrote many theatre and stage musics: My chceme gól (We Want to Score), Sheheresade, Tři pomeranče (Three Oranges), Charleyova teta (Charlie's Aunt) a.o. He became a pioneer of the Czechoslovakian musical: Starci na chmelu (Gray bards Picking the Hops), Čtyři vraždy stačí, drahoušku (Four Murders Are Sufficient, Darling), Šest medvědů s Cibulkou (Six Bears with Cibulka), Zabil jsem Einsteina, pánové (I killed Einstein, Gentlemen), with J. Rychlík he composed the music to Limonádový Joe (Lemonade Joe), with J. Bažant and J. Malásek to the film Dáma na kolejích (Lady on the Rails), with M. Štědroň to the film Balada pro banditu (Ballad for Bandit) or Blues pro E.F.B. (Blues for E.F.B.).

He composed also many popular songs or orchestral jazz music. He is an author of the book Základy aranžování moderní populární hudby (Basics of Arrangement of Modern Popular Music, 1980).