Lukáš, Zdeněk, Czech composer; b. Prague, Aug, 21, 1928. He studied at the Prague teachers’ inst., and also had lessons withÈídky (composition) and Modr (theory). He was active with the Czech Radio in Plzen(1953–64) and received instruction from Kabelác in Prague(1961–70).
dramatic: Opera: At zije mrtvy (Long Live the Deceased; Prague, Dec. 11, 1968); Domaci karneval (Domestic Carnival; Prague, March 29, 1969); Pianeta a Use fialovou záfí (Planet with Soft Violet Glow; 1978); Falkenstejn (1985); Veta za vetu (Measure for Measure; 1986).orch.: Piano Concerto (1955); Violin Concerto (1956); Cello Concerto (1957); 5 syms. (1960, 1961, 1965, 1965, 1972); Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orch. (1964); 3 concerti grossi: No. 1 for String Quartet and String Orch. (1964), No. 2 for Flute, Violin, Orch., and Tape (1972), and No. 3 for Chamber Orch. (1977); Sympho-nietta solemnis (1965); Sonata concertata for Piano, Winds, and Percussion (1966); Musica ritmica for Percussion and Winds (1966); Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orch. (1968); Partita for Chamber Orch. (1969); Musica da concerto for 12 Strings and Harpsichord (1974); Variations for Piano and Orch. (1970); Postludium (1971); Bassoon Concerto (1976); Clarinet Concerto (1976); Transformations for Piano and Orch. (1978); Musica Boema, 2 symphonic movements for Winds, Percussion, and Harp (1978); Flute Concerto (1981); Viola Concerto (1983); Cello Concerto (1986); Concertino for Violin, Marimba, and Strings (1991). chamber: 4 string quartets (1960,1965,1973,1987); Trio for Violin, Piano, and Side Drum (1962); Partita semplice for 4 Violins and Piano (1964); Wind Quintet (1968); Duetti for Chamber Ensemble (1969); Music for a Private View for Viola and Piano (1970); Amoroso for Clarinet, Bagpipes, and Double Bass (1970); Divertimento for Violin and Viola (1973); Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1974); Meditations for Viola and Harpsichord (1976); Cathedrals for Brass Instruments and Organ (1976); Intarsia for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1977); Sonata di danza for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1980); Canzoni da sonar for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1983); Duo di basso for Cello and Double Bass (1987); Canto for 4 Flutes and Harpsichord (1996).vocal:Adam a Eva, oratorio (1969); Nezabijes (Thou Shalt Not Kill), oratorio (1971); 2 cantatas (1977; To Prague, 1982); Vánocní mse (Christmas Mass) for Chorus, Organ, and Orch. (1998); many choral works; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire