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(*10.7.1904 Prague +6.3.1968 Prague)

Czech composer and conductor

He died in Prague on March 6th 1968. He was the son of an important Czech philosopher František Krejčí. He studied aesthetics, history and musicology at Charles University (1923-27). In the same time he also attended Prague Conservatory where he studied composition with K.B.Jirák, piano with A.Šíma and conducting with P.Dědeček and V.Talich. In 1927-28 he studied composition in Vítězslav Novák´s masterclass. From 1928 to 1932 he worked as a répétiteur in the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. He gained his first experiences as a conductor there as well as in the Prague National Theatre (1933-34). From 1934 to 1945 Krejčí worked as a conductor and producer in the Czechoslovak Radio and from 1936 also as a conductor of the Orchestral Association in Prague. In 1945-58 he was head of the Olomouc Opera, in 1959 he became dramaturgist of the National Theatre in Prague. During the 1964-65 season he was head of an opera company in České Budějovice. Krejčí composed in the style of Neoclassicism. He admired Mozart, together with Bořkovec, Ježek, Holzknecht and Martinů founded the Mánes group. This group of czech composers was interested in contemporary French music of Les Six and Stravinsky. His most successful work is the opera Pozdvižení v Efesu (An Uproar in Ephesus, 1939-43), based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. He wrote another opera (or stage cantata) Antigona (after Sophocles, 1933, rev. 1959-62), and "dramatic scenes" after A.Jirásek Temno (The Darkness, 1944, rev. 1951). From his orchestral works there are four symphonies (1954, 1956, 1961, 1966), Symfonietta-divertimento (1929), Concertino for cello a orchestra (1936), 20 Variations on an Original Theme in the Style of a Folksong (1946), Serenade for orchestra (1948), or 14 variací na píseň "Dobrú noc" (14 Variations on the Song "Goodnight", 1951). His chamber music is represented by Divertimento "Cassation" (1925) for flute, clarinet, trumpet and bassoon, Trio-Divertimento (1935) for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, Trio (1936) for clarinet, doublebass and piano, 3 scherzini (1953) for piano, or string quartets (No.2,1953, No.3, 1960). From Krejčí´s vocal works are 6 písní (6 Songs, 1931) for baritone and piano or orchestra on words by J. Neruda, Antické motivy (Motives from Antiquity, 1936, orch.1940) for a low male voice and piano after J.V.Sládek, 5 písní (5 Songs, 1938) on words by J. A Komenský, or 4 madrigaly (4 Madrigals, 1936) on words by K.H.Mácha for a smaller mixed choir, tenor solo and piano.
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