- Monika Bártová-Holá
(b Prague, April 16, 1838; d Prague, Sept 20, 1897). Czech composer and conductor. He was born into a middle-class family and in accordance with his parents' wishes first studied glove-making, but at 16 entered the Prague Organ School. He studied with Karel Pietsch and (after Pietsch's death) with Josef Leopold Zvonař, and graduated with honours in 1858. One of his close friends at the organ school was Dvořák, at whose disposal Bendl placed his piano and collection of scores. After completing his studies, Bendl taught at Celestin Müller's music institute. There his colleague was Jindřich Pech, the brother of Eliška Krásnohorská, who later wrote the librettos for five of Bendl's operas. Bendl wrote several early pieces under the pseudonym Karel Podskalský, and won his first success as a composer when the periodical Dalibor awarded him a prize for his song Poletuje holubice (‘The Dove is Fluttering’, 1861...