Korte, Oldrich Frantisele

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Korte, Oldrich Frantisele

Korte, Oldfich Frantisek, Czech composer; b.Sala, Slovakia, April 26, 1926. During World War II, he was held in a concentration camp. After his release, he studied with Picha, and later at the Prague Cons. He toured as a pianist and actor with the modernistic group Laterna Magica; he also worked as a photographer. His music is similarly quaquaversal and quite uninhibited in its methods and resources.


dramatic: Music: The Pirates of the Fortune (Vienna, April 15, 1974). ORCH.: Sinfonietta (1945-47); Pfibëh fléten (The Story of the Flutes; 1949-51; Prague Radio, Oct. 23, 1953); Concerto grosso for Strings, Trumpets, and Piano (1954-62; rev. 1968); Kouzelny cirkus, suite (1977); Canzona a Ritornel (1979); Zrcadleni (1981-82). CHAMBER: Iniuria for Piano (1942–44); The Drinker’s Transformations, variations for Piano (1945); In Praise of Death for Piccolo and Glockenspiel (1948); Philosophical Dialogues for Violin and Piano (1964–68).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire