Jurovsky, Simon, Slovak composer; b. Ulmanka, Feb. 8, 1912; d. Prague, Nov. 8, 1963. He attended the Bratislava Academy of Music (1931–36), then took courses in composition with Joseph Marx at the Vienna Academy of Music (1943–44). He was manager of the Bratislava Opera and director of the Slovak Folk Art Ensemble. In his music, he followed the broad tenets of national Romanticism, with frequent references to folk themes.
dramatic:Opera: Dcery Abelovy (The Daughters of Abel, 1961). Ballet: Rytiers balada (The Song of Chivalry; Bratislava, 1960). other: Much film music. orch.: 2 suites (1939, 1943); Serenade for Strings (1940); Zatata cesta (The Journey Begun), symphonic poem (1948); Radostné suzenie (A Joyous Competition), symphonic scherzo (1949); 2 syms.: No. 1, Mirova (Peace), for Piano and Strings (1950), and No. 2, Heroicka (Heroic), for Organ and Orch. (1960); Cello Concerto (1953); Concertino for Piano and Strings (1962). chamber: Quartet for Winds (1936); Melodies and Dialogues, string quartet (1944); String Trio (1948); Concert Dance for Piano (1960). vocal:3 uspavanky (Lullabies) for Soprano, Piano, Harp, and Strings (1947); choral pieces; folk song arrangements; songs.
Z. Bokesovâ, Š. J. (Bratislava, 1955).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire