Alexander Moyzes


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(b Kláštor pod Znievom, nr Martin, 4 Sept. 1906; d Bratislava, 20 Nov. 1984). Slovak composer and teacher, son of the Slovak composer and teacher Mikuláš Moyzes (1872–1944). He went to the Prague Conservatory in 1925, eventually studying composition with Novák (1928–30). From 1929 he taught in Bratislava and from 1949 to 1978 was professor of composition at the city's Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Moyzes had a major impact on 20th-century Slovak music. His earlier style reflects an interest in Stravinsky, neo-classicism, and jazz. From the 1930s he also cultivated bigger forms, between 1929 and 1983 composing 12 symphonies marked by a fine developmental sense and the use of Slovak folksong.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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