(b Tovačov, Moravia, 22 Sept. 1910; d Prague, 4 Sept. 1999). Czech composer. He studied composition at the Prague Conservatory (1927–31) and worked in Suk's master class from 1931 to 1933. Though influenced by Janáček and Novák, he had developed a distinctive originality by the mid-1930s which enriched his later works, notably Zpěv rodné země (‘Songs of my Country’, 1942) and his Sinfonietta no. 4, ‘Pax hominibus in universo orbi’ (1984).
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.