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date: 17 October 2019

Zadeja, Çesk [Françesk]locked

  • George Leotsakos

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[Françesk]

(b Shkodra, Albania, June 8, 1927; d Rome, Italy, Aug 15, 1997). Albanian composer. Introduced to music by Gjoka and Jakova at the elementary school in Shkodra; he studied at the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome (1942–3). After the liberation in 1944 he worked as director of music at the radio station in Shkodra, at which time he made his decisive encounter with folk music and especially the epic songs of northern Albania. He worked in Tirana as assistant conductor of the Ensemble of the People's Army (1947–51) before undertaking further studies at the Moscow Conservatory (1951–6), where his teachers included Bogatïryov and Chulaki. On returning to Tirana, he became the first artistic director (1957–62) of the newly-founded State Ensemble of Folksongs and Dances, then head of composition at the Conservatory (1962–6), director of the Conservatory (...

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