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date: 20 August 2019

Loudová, Ivanalocked

  • Anna Šerých

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(b Chlumec nad Cidlinou, March 8, 1941). Czech composer. She studied composition at the Prague Conservatory with Miloslav Kabeláč (1958–61) and with Emil Hlobil (1961–6) at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, where she also undertook graduate studies between 1968 and 1972. She continued at the Paris Conservatoire, where she studied with Messiaen and Jolivet, and worked at the Centre Bourdon with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales. A jury member at many competitions, in 1992 she became a professor of composition and music theory at the Prague Academy, where she has founded the Studio N for new music.

Loudová has an extensive command of contemporary compositional and instrumental techniques (especially in creating new sounds for wind and percussion) and writes in a wide variety of genres; her music demonstrates a deep sense of form and combines timbre and rhythm to good effect. Many of her large-scale vocal works employ either Italian Renaissance or modern Czech poetry. Loudová has won many awards, including a prize for ...

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