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Štěpán, Václav

John Tyrrell

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Pečky, nr Kolín, Bohemia, Dec 12, 1889; d Prague, Nov 24, 1944). Czech pianist, writer and composer, father of Pavel Štěpán. He studied musicology under Nejedlý at Prague University, graduating in 1913, and continued his studies both at the German University in Prague and in Berlin. He appeared as a pianist from the age of 18, giving Novák premières (Pan, Exotikon) by the time he was 22. His piano studies, begun with Josef Čermák in Prague (1895–1908), continued with James Kwast in Berlin and, after the war, with Blanche Selva in Paris. The Paris influence was especially important and led to a number of concert tours of Paris and the French provinces (1919, 1920, 1922) and other engagements in London (1919), Berlin and Yugoslavia (1924). In Prague he taught aesthetics and later piano at the conservatory and appeared frequently both as soloist and chamber player with the Ševčík and the Czech Quartets. He specialized in new Czech music, introducing works by Suk, Novák, Axman, Křička, Vomáčka and others. He was active as editor, critic and writer (an authority on Suk and Novák) and wrote the Czechoslovak entries in A.E. Hull's ...

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