Frešo, Tibor, Slovak conductor and composer; b. Spissky, Nov. 20, 1918; d. Bratislava, July 7, 1987. He studied composition with A. Moyzes and conducting with J. Vincourek at the Bratislava Cons., graduating in 1938; then studied with Pizzetti at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1939–42). Returning to Czecho-slovakia, he served as conductor of the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava (1942–49) and the Kosice Opera (1949–52). In 1953 he was appointed chief opera conductor of the Slovak National Opera.
DRAMATIC Opera : Martin and the Sun, children’s opera (Bratislava, Jan. 25, 1975); Poor Francois (1982–84). ORCH.: Little Suite (1938); Concert Overture (1940); Symphonic Prolog (1943); symphonic poems: A New Morning (1950) and Liberation (1955); Little Concerto for Piano and Orch. (1976). CHAMBER: Wind Quintet (1983). VOCAL : 3 cantatas: Stabat Mater (1940), Mother (1959), and Hymn to the Father-land (1961); Meditation for Soprano and Orch. (1942); Song about Woman for Alto, Narrator, Children’s and Mixed Choruses, and Orch. (1975).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire