Novák, Milan, Slovak composer; b. Trahovice, Aug. 12, 1927. He studied piano with Kafenda, composition with Alexander Moyzes, and conducting with Talich at the Bratislava Cons. In 1955 he was appointed conductor of the Military Artistic Ensemble in Bratislava.
dramatic: ballet:Where the Play Ends (1964); Ballad about a Tree (1967). other: Music for theater and films. o r c h: Concertino for Trumpet, Strings, Piano, 4-Hands, and Percussion (1964); Reminiscences for Cello and Orch. (1969); Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orch. (1972); 4 Preludes for Orch. (1981); Music for Trumpet and Strings (1984). chamber: Clarinet Sonatina (1959); Cello Sonatina (1961); String Quartet (1975); Music for Flute and String Quartet (1975); Divertimento for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1980). vocal:Mountains and the Heart, song cycle for Bass and Orch. (1973); 30 Happy Years, cantata for Children’s Chorus and Orch. (1975); So that There Is Life on Earth, cantata (1976).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire