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Josef Suk

(1874—1935)


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(b Křečovice, 1874; d Benešov, nr. Prague, 1935).

Cz. composer and violinist. 2nd vn. in Bohemian Str. Qt. 1892–1933. Married Dvořák's daughter (d 1905). Prof. of comp., Prague Cons. 1922–35. Early works influenced by Dvořák, but later developed a more complex harmonic and polyphonic style, sometimes near to atonality. Works incl.:

orch.:

Serenade Asrael

in E♭, str. (1892); sym. No.1 in E (1897–9), No.2 (1905–6);

Pohádka (Fairy Tales)

, suite (1899–1900);

Fantastic Scherzo

(1903);

Praga

(Prague), sym.‐poem (1904);

Pohádka léta

(A Summer's Tale) (1907–9);

Zráni

(Harvest Time), sym.‐poem (1912–17);

War TriptychSvatý VáclaveMeditation on an old Bohemian ChoraleLegend of the Dead VictorsV nový život

, Op.35, No.1 (Oh, St Wenceslas), (1914), No.2 (1919), No.3 Sokol ceremonial march, (Towards a New Life, 1919–20);

Fantasia

in G minor, vn., orch. (1902).

choral:

10 Songs

, women's ch. (1899);

4 Songs

, male ch. (1900).

voice(s) & piano/orch.:

Chant d'Amour

, v., pf. (1892);

O matince

(About Mother), 5 songs, v., pf. (1907);

Životem a snem

(Life and Dreams), v., pf. (1909);

Epilogue

, sop., bar., bass, ch., orch. (1920–9).

chamber music:

2 str. qts. (1896, 1911); pf. qt., pf. quintet, pf. trio;

4 Pieces

, vn., pf.;

Ballad

, vn., pf.;

Meditation on old Bohemian Chorale

Op.35a (1914), arr. for str. qt. from orch. work.

piano:

Sonata (1883);

6 Pieces

(1891–3);

Spanish Joke

(1909).

Subjects: Music.


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