Parsch, Arnošt, Czech composer and teacher; b. Bucovice, Moravia, Feb. 12, 1936. He was a pupil of J. Podesva and M. Ištvan. He later took courses at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, and subsequently served on its faculty.
orch.:Suite for Strings (1963); Concerto for Winds, Percussion, and Piano (1964); Sonata for Chamber Orch. (1967); 2 syms. (1967, 1973); Musica concertante con ommagio (1970); The Flight (1973); The Bird Flew above the Clouds for Oboe and Orch. (1975); Double Concerto for Flute, Trumpet, and Orch. (1977); The Message for 2 String Orchs. (1978); Divisi. Non divisi! (1979); Sym.- Concerto for Horn and Orch. (1982); Rondo for Orch. with Concertante Violin (1983); 2 Rondos for Strings (1984); Poema, concerto for Cimbalom and Orch. (1986); Concerto for Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Orch. (1989); Rapsodietta for II Strings (1991); Wells for Chamber Orch. (1992); Rose Garden, concerto for Piano and Chamber Ensemble (1997). chamber:Music for String Quartet and Percussion (1964); Trasposizioni I for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn (1967); Organ Sonata (1968); 3 string quartets (1970, 1973, 1994); Esercizii per uno, due, tre e quatro for 2 Flutes, Guitar, and Cello (1971); Quatro pezzi per quatro strumenti for Violin, Clarinet, Double Bass, and Piano (1972); Early Spring for Reciter, Flute, Bass Clarinet, and Piano (1972); Hold Fast! for 2 Trumpets, Horn, 2 Trombones, and Tuba (1979); Drawings for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1989–94); Distant Skylines for Flute, Bass Clarinet, and Piano (1990); Musica per i montanari for 2 Horns (1991); Meditation for Guitar (1993); The Voice of the River for 9 Players (1994); Hillside for Violin and Percussion (1995). vocal:Simple Truths for Soprano, 2 Flutes, Guitar, and Cello (1973); The Sun Rose Once, cantata for Chorus, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Jazz Orch., after a text by Sitting Bull (1974); Kings’ Ride for Tenor, Bass, Chorus, and Chamber Ensemble (1984); Invocation of Love, 5 songs for Tenor and Piano (1987); Spring Rites for Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass-baritone, Chorus, Children’s Chorus, and Orch. (1990); Lullabies for Woman’s Voice, 2 Cymbals, Double Bass, and Chimes (1991); Etudes Amoureuses for Mezzo-soprano, Violin, Marimba, and Percussion (1995). electroacoustic:Poetica No. 3 (1967); Trasposizioni II (1969) and III (1970); Rotae rotarum (1971); Prologos (1971); Labyrinthos (1972); In High Mountains (1973); Daybreak (1983); Metamorphoses of Time (1989).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire