- John Tyrrell
(b Brno, Aug 17, 1891; d Brno, May 12, 1971). Czech musicologist, administrator and pianist. He took state examinations in singing and the piano in Vienna (1910) and later attended Cortot's materclasses in Paris (1925). He also studied Czech and German at Prague University and in 1925 took the doctorate at Brno University with a dissertation on the aesthetic aspects of musical reproduction. As a pianist he performed regularly at home and abroad and was professor of piano and aesthetics at the Brno Conservatory (1922–41) and after the war piano professor at the Brno Academy JAMU (1948–50). As a scholar Kundera's career is especially connected with Janáček. As a young man he wrote analyses of Janáček's style and introductions to new works. These include The Makropulos Affair and the Glagolitic Mass, for which he made the vocal scores. It was Kundera's account of the ...