- Josef Bek
(b Prague, April 8, 1933; d Prague, August 19, 2011). Czech musicologist and composer. He studied musicology with Očadlík and Sychra at Prague University (1951–6). His diploma work on Vycpálek’s evolution as a composer (1956) determined his further scholarly interests in the history and theory of Czech 20th-century music. He also studied composition with Dobiáš (1953–6), though he devoted comparatively little time to composing thereafter. He worked for the gramophone company Supraphon (1956–62), from 1959 as a writer of sleeve notes and music producer. In 1962 he joined the music faculty of the Prague Academy, where he became lecturer in music theory (1968). He obtained the CSc in 1964 with a standard work on the Czech cantata between the wars for which he was awarded the doctorate in 1966. He became professor and head of the department of theory and history of music (...