Škroup [Schkroup, Skraup], František Jan
- Michaela Freemanová
(b Osice, June 3, 1801; d Rotterdam, Feb 7, 1862). Czech composer and conductor, brother of Jan Nepomuk Škroup. His father, Dominik Škroup (1766–1830), a teacher and composer, introduced František and his brothers Jan Nepomuk and Ignác (1807–89) to music. At the age of 11, already a good flautist, he went to Prague to finish primary school, and supported himself as a choirboy. He continued his schooling at one of the most important Czech national revival movement centres, Hradec Králové, where he was a choirboy at the cathedral and studied with the local choirmaster and composer Franz Volkert (...