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Němec, Zdeněkfree

  • Geoffrey Chew

(b Prague, 23 June 1914; d Prague, 8 Feb 1945). Czech musicologist, violinist, and music critic. After studying law and arts at Prague University, and the violin at the Prague Conservatoire (1933–7), he became a member of the Czech Philharmonic and of the Pro Arte Antiqua ensemble, and was very active as journalist and critic, editing and writing for Hudební věstník and Smetana, besides contributing articles on musical subjects during the German occupation to České slovo, the party organ of the patriotic, moderate-socialist Česká strana národně sociální. As a musicologist he was wide-ranging, writing on 18th-century music, preparing a catalogue of Dvořák’s works and editing 20th-century Czech operas, besides the items listed below. A provocative review in České slovo of a Smetana concert in 1945 led to his being arrested, tortured, and executed by the German occupying authorities.

Writings

(selective list)

  • ed. and trans.: Vlastní životopis V. I. Tomáška [Tomášek’s autobiography] (Prague, 1941)
  • Weberova pražská léta z kroniky pražské opery [Weber’s Prague years, from the chronicle of the Prague Opera] (Prague, 1944)

Bibliography

  • L.M. Koldau: ‘Vltava–Moldau: Zur deutsch-tschechischen Rezeption von Smetanas Má vlast im ausgehenden 19. und 20. Jahrhundert’, Deutsche–Tschechen–Böhmen: Kulturelle Integration und Desintegration im 20. Jahrhundert, ed. S. Höhne and L. Udolph (Cologne, 2010), 173–91, esp. 182–4