- Anna Šerých
(b Modrý Kameň, Nov 9, 1929; d Prague, April 7, 2002). Czech composer. She studied the piano with Karel Hoffmeister, musicology at Charles University, Prague, and composition with Jan Kapr at the Janáček Academy of Musical Art, Brno. She has spent her whole career teaching music theory at Charles University. Her main creative interest is in vocal and dramatic music, for which she writes her own texts and scenarios. Her opera Kdyby se slunce nevrátilo (‘Suppose the Sun did not Return’) demonstrates her concise approach to musical utterance and a tendency towards modality in her harmonic language. Petrová’s works have won several prizes, in her own country and abroad (Philadelphia, 1968; Czech National Competition, 1971 and 1972; Denver, 1975; Mannheim, 1976 and 1978).