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date: 25 August 2019

Blažek, Zdeněklocked

  • Jan Trojan

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(b Žarošice, Hodonín district, May 24, 1905; d Brno, June 20, 1988). Czech composer, teacher and music theorist. He studied with Petrželka at the Brno Conservatory and with Helfert at the university, from which he received the PhD in 1933 for a dissertation on Smetana. He completed his education in Suk’s masterclasses at the Prague Conservatory (1933–5). His first appointment was with Czech Radio in Brno; he then taught theory and composition at the Brno Conservatory and was later its director for many years. At Brno University he completed the Habilitation (1961) and became professor of music theory in 1968. In his music he remained faithful to the late Romantic, nationalist Suk–Novák tradition. Contemporary musical developments hardly touched his style, which remained essentially homophonic. Though he wrote piano and chamber pieces, many of his works are vocal, and his songs and choruses achieve considerable expressiveness through harmonic subtlety....

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