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Marek, Czeslaw (Josef)

Marek, Czeslaw (Josef)

Marek, Czeslaw (Josef), Polish-born Swiss pianist, teacher, and composer; b. Przemysl, Sept. 16,1891; d. Zürich, July 17, 1985. He studied with Loewenhoff (piano) and Niewiadomski (harmony) at the Lemberg Music Inst., Leschetizky (piano) and Weigl (composition) in Vienna, and Pfitzner (composition) in Strasbourg. He made his debut in Lemberg (1909), where he taught at the Music Inst. until 1915; then settled in Zürich as a pianist, teacher, and composer, becoming a naturalized Swiss citizen (1932); was also prof. of composition at the Poznań Cons. (1929–30). He publ. the manual Lehre des Klavierspiels (Zürich, 1972).

Works

orch.:Méditations (1911–13); Scherzo symfoniczne (1914); Sinfonietta (1914–16); Serenade for Violin and Orch. (1916–18); Suite (1925); Sinfonia (1927). other: Violin Sonata (1914); piano pieces; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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