Figuš-Bystrý, Viliam, Slovak composer; b. Banska Bystrica, Feb. 28, 1875; d. there, May 11, 1937. He spent many years collecting Slovak folk melodies, which he publ. in 5 vols. (1906–15) for voice and piano; he also publ. a collection of 1,000 arranged for piano only (1925–31). He further wrote an opera, Detvan (1924; Bratislava, Aug. 1, 1928), a cantata, Slovenskd Piesen (1913), an orch. suite, From My Youth, piano quartet, piano trio, 3 violin sonatines, other violin pieces, piano works, choruses, and songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire