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Jaroslav Krček

(*1939 Čtyři Dvory near České Budějovice)

Czech contemporary composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist

He studied at the Conservatory in Prague as a pupil of Miloslav Kabeláč in composition and Bohumír Liška in conducting. Jaroslav Krček started his career as music editor of the Czechoslovak Radio Studio in Pilsen, later in the Supraphon publishing house. Since the year 1973 he has devoted himself to composing and performing, especially in ensembles Chorea bohemica (1967) and Musica bohemica (1975) that he founded. They were ensembles concentrated to the performing of Czech folklore in arrangement by J. Krček. J. Krček is known as a specialist in heuristic of oldest musical sources. He is also instrument-maker; he devoted himself also to the reconstruction of older folklore instruments. He used them in arrangement or in his own compositions. He received many prizes for these activities (Prix de musique folklorique, Award of Czech Music Council). He cooperate with other ensemble i.e. Capella Istropolitana, he works as a conductor of many ensembles of new music. As a pupil of Miloslav Kabeláč he evolved his own personal style of composing. He is an author of four symphonies, three concertos, many cantatas and melodramas (i.e. O lux mundi for tenor, female choir and two chamber ensembles to the words by J. A. Komenský, 1985, Czech Mass for soli, choir and chamber orchestra, 1991), vocal compositions or music-dramatic compositions: i. e. Nevěstka Raab (Rab the Harlot, 1971), an electronic opera on a libretto by Zdeněk Barborka, where he used an artificial speech.