Jonâk, Zdenëk, Czech composer; b. Prague, Feb. 25, 1917. He studied composition with Ëidky at the Prague Cons, (graduated, 1941), continuing his study with Éidky and Kricka at its master school (graduated, 1947). He subsequently devoted himself mainly to pragmatic musical tasks, such as making arrangements of folk songs and writing music for the theater.
ORCH.: Prelude (1939); Passacaglia (1940); Suite (1951); Chamber Sym. (1964); Trumpet Concerto (1972).CHAMBER: 3 string quartets (1941, 1947,1980); Cello Sonata (1955).VOCAL: Epigrams, song cycle for Chorus (1975).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire