Kàan, Jindřich z Albestů
- John Tyrrell
(b Tarnopol, Galicia [now Ukraine], May 29, 1852; d Roudná, Tábor district, Bohemia, March 7, 1926). Czech teacher, administrator, pianist and composer of Galician origin. He was brought up in Klatovy, Bohemia, and in Prague, where he studied the piano and composition at the Proksch Institute; he also studied with Blodek, with Ludevít Procházka and at the Prague Organ School (1873–4). After a brief career as a piano virtuoso (1874–6), he was engaged as music teacher to the Fürstenbergs at their seat in Lány in 1876. He returned to Prague in 1884 and later that year accompanied Dvořák on his first visit to England. In 1889 he became a piano teacher at the Prague Conservatory and was, from 1907 until 1918, director. Although unpopular for his authoritarian approach, his good relations with Vienna enabled him to expand the conservatory; for instance, in 1909 he instituted master classes in composition under Vítězslav Novák. Through his piano transcriptions as well as his many editions he helped to popularize Smetana and other Czech composers. His own compositions, apart from piano music, include songs, two operas, two melodramas and two ballets, ...