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date: 20 August 2019

Janárčeková, Vieralocked

  • Detlef Gojowy

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(b Svit, Sept 23, 1941). Slovak composer . She studied the piano at the Bratislava Conservatory (1956–61) before attending the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, where she studied with Zuzana Růžičková. She also attended Rudolf Firkušný’s piano masterclasses in Lucerne. From 1972 she taught and performed in Germany, settling there in the late 1970s. In 1981 she became a freelance (self-taught) composer, painter and performer. She has developed new instrumental techniques and methods of notation (such as graphic scores). Characteristics of her work include the incorporation of moments of improvisation into fixed musical systems, rhythmic build-ups and the balancing of tension. The overall form of a work tends to be streamlined while its parts are more mobile; her works also feature structured transitions between sound and noise.

Two radio plays have received awards, and her Lieder auf der Flucht won first prize in the women composers’ competition at Unna in ...

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