Bohác, Josef

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Boháč, Josef

Boháč, Josef, Czech composer; b. Vienna, March 25, 1929. After training in Vienna, he was a student of Petrželka at the Janáček Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Brno (1955–59). He later was active with Czech TV and the music publishing concern Panton. As a composer, he followed the median line of Central European modernism, with occasional resort to serial methods.


DRAMATIC: Námluvy (The Courtship), comic opera (1967; Prague, March 18, 1971); Goya, opera (1972-77; Ostrava, Sept. 30, 1978); Odi (Eyes), television opera (1973; Czech TV, Prague, Oct. 5, 1974); Zviřatka a Petrovsti (The Little Animals and Petrovšti), opera (1980); Zlatá svatba (The Golden Wedding), comic opera (1981); Rumcajs, opera (1985). orch.:Rhapsody (1955); Symphonic Overture (1964); Sinfonietta concertante (1964–65); Fragment (1969); Elegy for Cello and Chamber Orch. (1969); Suita drammatica for Strings and Timpani (1969–70); Southern Rainbow, suite (1971); February Overture (1973); Piano Concerto (1974); Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orch. (1978); Concertino Pastorale for 2 Horns and Orch. (1978); Concerto for Orch. (1983); Dramatic Variants for Viola and Orch. (1983). chamber: Suite for String Quartet (1953); Cello Sonata (1954); String Trio (1965); Sonetti per Sonatori for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano (1974); Sonata Giovane for Piano (1983). vocal:My Lute Sounds, monodrama for Tenor, Soprano, and Nonet or Piano (1971); Sonata Lirica for Soprano, Strings, and Vibraphone (1982).

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