- Josef Bek
(b Prague, June 18, 1920; d Prague, August 11, 2008). Czech musicologist and composer. He began studying musicology and aesthetics at Prague University in 1939, continuing after the German occupation and taking the doctorate under Hutter in 1947 with a dissertation on the music-theory bases of intonation. In composition he was at first a private pupil of Řídký; later he studied at the Prague Conservatory (1941–7) with Křička and in Hába's microtonal department (1945–7). After teaching at the academy's music department and the music faculty of Prague University he joined the Institute of Musicology (later the Institute of the Theory and History of Art) of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1962), where he directed the department of theory (to 1971). From 1972 to 1980 he taught at the Institute of the Theory and History of Art. He gained the CSc in ...