Jan Novák


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(b Nová Říša na Moravě, 1921; d Ulm, 1984). Cz. composer. Settled Brno 1948, but emigrated to Denmark 1968–70, thereafter to It. The neo-classical style of his early works gave way in 1958 to employment of jazz elements and 12-note techniques. Works incl.: Passion Play (1965); ob. conc. (1952); 2-pf. conc. (1955); Philharmonic Dances, orch. (1955–6); Variations on a Theme of Martinů, orch. (1959, pf. version 1949); Concentus Eurydicae, guitar, str. (1971); Dido, speaker, mez., male vv., orch. (1967); Orpheus et Eurydice, sop., va. d'amore, pf. (1971); Voces latinae, ch., drum, pf., db. (1975); Ludi concertantes, 18 instr. (1981); Symphonia bipartita (1983); and pf. pieces.

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