Andrašovan, Tibor, Slovak composer and conductor; b. Slovenská L’upča, April 3, 1917. He studied at the Comenius Univ. (1937–41) and with Suchoň (composition) and Vincourek and Schimpl (conducting) at the Cons. (1940–45) in Bratislava. He completed his training in Prague (1945), where he studied with Ddeček and Doležil (conducting) and took courses at the Charles Univ. From 1950 to 1957, and again from 1968 to 1972, he was artistic director of the SL’U.K. Folk Music and Dance Ensemble. In 1971 he received the title of Artist of Merit and in 1997 the Order of Milan Rastislav štefánik.
DRAMATIC: Orpheus and Euridice, ballet (1948); Song of Peace, ballet (1949); Fifliar Gel’o, comic opera (1957); Gentlemen’s Choice, operetta (1960); Icar, ballet (1965); Solstice Festivities, ballet (1965); White Disease, music drama (1967); Forester’s Wife, opera (1974); King of Fools, musical (1982); Homecoming, television opera (1984); The Shah and Sheherazade, opera-musical tale (1991); The Rings of a Tree, ballet (1994); Vrabček Mojček, children’s opera (1997); incidental music to plays; film scores. ORCH.: Little Gorali Overture (1961); Rebel Overture (1963); Dukla: The Gate of Freedom, overture (1975); Dances from Slovakia (1989); Our Majorettes for Brass Band or Orch. (1993); Around Tatra Mountains (1996); Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orch. (1997). CHAMBER: String Quartet, Folklórica (1976); Souvenir for Violin and Piano (1986); piano pieces. VOCAL: Tokajik, cantata for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1975); Constantine and Methodius, oratorio for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1987); choruses; song cycles. OTHER: Pieces for folk music ensembles.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire