Karel Boleslav Jirák

Karel Boleslav Jirák (also: Karel Bohuslav Jirák) (* 28. January 1891 in Prague, Tschechien30. January 1972 in Chicago, Federal State Illinois, United States of America) was a Czech composer and conductor.

Jirák was in Prague pupil of Josef Bohuslav Foerster and Vítězslav Novák at the Karl university and at music academy in Prague.

1915 to 1918 he was a Kapellmeister that Hamburg opera and worked from 1918 - 1919 likewise as a conductor at national the theatre in Brünn and Mährisch Ostrau. 1920 to 1930 he was a composition teacher at the Prager conservatoire, afterwards until 1945 principal conductor of the Czech broadcast.

1947 it emigrierte into the USA, where he was from 1948 to 1967 a professor at the Roosevelt University , Chicago and a 1967 composition teacher at the Conservatory college in Chicago became and remained in this position until 1971.

Jirák composed an opera (Apollonius z Tyany (Apollonius of Tyana), later under the title Žena A Bůh (a woman and a God) 1912-13), six symphonies, sinfonische variations, 1952 a Symphonic Scherzo for volume, OI. 65a, Suiten and Ouvertüren, numerous chamber-musical works, Präludien, joints and a Suite for organ, a Requiem, choirs, song cycles and people song working on. Its writing theory of the musical form appeared in several editions.


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