Kuhač [Koch], Franjo Ksaver [Xaver, Žaver]
- Bojan Bujic
- , revised by Vjera Katalinic
(b Osijek, Croatia, Nov 20, 1834; d Zagreb, Croatia, June 18, 1911). Croatian ethnomusicologist and music critic. He studied privately with Thern at Leipzig in 1856 and in the same year with Liszt at Weimar; he then studied for a short time with Czerny in Vienna. He gave piano lessons in Osijek (1858–71), then moved to Zagreb in 1871, where he was music critic for the papers Narodne novine and Agramer Zeitung. He lost this position in 1874 following the demands of the Opera management, who disliked his harsh tone. From 1872 he taught music theory and piano at the Croatian Music Institute, but left in 1876, disapproving of its pro-German orientation.
Kuhač was a pioneer of ethnomusicology in Croatia. Over a number of years he made regular excursions into various Slavonic provinces in the Balkans, both within and outside the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The folksongs he collected were first published in ...