Malovec, Jozef

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Malovec, Jozef

Malovec, Jozef, Slovak composer; b. Hurbanovo, March 24, 1933; d. Bratislava, Oct. 7, 1998. He received private instruction in harmony, counterpoint, and musical form from Zimmer before pursuing training with A. Moyzes at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama (1952–54) and with Řidký and Sommer at the Prague Academy of Music (1954–57). In 1965 he attended the summer course in new music in Darmstadt. From 1957 to 1981 he was program advisor and ed. of the Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava, where he also was program advisor of its Electroacoustic Studio (1977–81). In 1980 he won the Union of Slovak Composers Award, in 1989 he was named an Artist of Merit, and in 1998 he was awarded an honorary prize from the Ministry of Culture. While dodecaphonic and electroacoustic explorations permeate his output, he infused a number of his works with Slovakian folkloristic elements.

Works

dramatic Incidental music; film scores; music for radio plays. orch.:Scherzo (1956); Overture (1957); Bagatelles (1961); 2 Movements for Chamber Orch. (1963); Concertante Music (1967); Preludio alla valse (1975); Ode for Piano and Orch. (1979); Chamber Symphony (1980); Divertimento per archi (1980); 2 syms. (1988, 1989). chamber: Cassation for Wind Quartet (1953); 3 Bagatelles for String Quartet (1962); Little Chamber Music, octet (1964; rev. 1970); Cryptogram 1 for Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1965); 4 suites for Harpsichord and Strings (1975–80); Divertimento for Wind Quintet (1976); Canzona for Flute and Guitar (1976); 7 string quartets {Meditazioni notturne e coda, 1976; 1979–80; 1985; 1986; Symétrie Music, 1987; 3 Meditations on the Grave of Matús Černák, 1996; 1997); Poem for Violin, in memory of Dmitri Shostakovich (1977); Avvenimento ricercato for Chamber Ensemble (1978); Melancholic Romance for Violin and Piano (1979); Canto di speranza for Violin and Piano (1979); Amoroso for Violin and Piano (1981); 3 Inventions for Wind Quintet (1983); Pastorale for Wind Trio (1984); Epigrams for Violin and Guitar (1984); Little Poetical Suite for 3 Clarinets (1985); Balladic Impression for Viola and Piano (1987); Capriccio for Violin and Viola (1987); Yeoman Dances for String and Other Instruments (1987–90); Lyrical Suite for Wind Quintet (1988); Epitaph for Viola and Piano (1988); Folk Dances for 2 Cimbaloms and Strings (1989). keyboard: piano: 3 sonatinas (1954, 1956, 1977); 5 Quiet Pieces (1980); Poetical Meditations (1981); 2 Lyrical Compositions, in memory of Casella (1983); Partita (1986); 4 Preludes (1987–88). organ:Postludio serale (1980); Quasi una sonata (1983); Prelude and Enigmatic Fantasia (1985); Concerto da chiesa (1988); Prelude and Toccata (1988); Introduzione e corrente (1988); Summer Preludes (1990). vocal:Songs from Kysuce for Chorus (1977); Prasnica, madrigal for Women’s Chorus, Percussion, and Tape (1979); A Year with a Song, cycle for Children’s Chorus and Percussion (1982); In These Places for Reciter and String Quartet (1990). tape, etc.:Orthogenesis (1966); Punctum alfa (1967); Putty (1968); Taboo (1969); Theorema (1970); B-A-C-H (1975); The Garden of Joy (1981); Elegiac Concerto for Clarinet, Tape, and Digital Sound Processor (1988); Ave maris stella for Voice, Electroacoustic Sounds, and Dance (1991); Intradafor Devin for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Electroacoustic Sounds (1996).

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