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date: 31 May 2020

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  • John Tyrrell


( b Prague, Jan 1, 1851; d Prague, Oct 28, 1924). Czech critic and composer . He studied as a railway engineer in Vienna and worked all his life as an official of a railway company in Prague. A composition pupil of Fibich and Josef Foerster, he began writing music criticism for Lumír in 1878. He was best known for his writing in the daily press, in Politik and Národní politika (1880–1921, under the cypher ‘-la’), where he championed Dvořák and Fibich and, of the younger generation, Suk and Novák. Conscientious and well informed, his reviews were to the point and free of malicious polemics and chauvinism. Particularly valuable is his early, eye-witness account of Czech national music (1886). Four volumes of memoirs remain unpublished, apart from a few excerpts (e.g. 1916). His compositions, now forgotten, include the opera Záboj (3, J. Vrchlický, 1906–7), belatedly performed at the Prague National Theatre on ...

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