Odak, Krsto

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Odak, Krsto

Odak, Krsto, Croatian composer and teacher; b. Siverić, Dalmatia, March 20, 1888; d. Zagreb, Nov. 4, 1965. He studied composition with P. Hartmann in Munich (1912–13) and with Novák in his master class at the Prague Cons. (1919–22). Upon his return to Yugoslavia, he was prof. of composition at the Zagreb Academy of Music, retiring in 1961.


dramatic: opera:Dorica pleše (Dorica Dances; Zagreb, April 16, 1934); Majka Margarita (Mother Margaret), radio opera (Zagreb, March 25, 1955). other:Incidental music; film scores. orch.:2 passacaglias (1938,1955); 4 syms. (1940, 1951, 1961, 1965); Concertino for Bassoon and Strings (1958). chamber:4 string quartets (1923, 1927, 1934,1956); Violin Sonata (1922); Flute Sonata (1946). vocal:Radost (Gaiety), cantata (1959); masses; motets; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire