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Rezâc, Ivan

Řezâč, Ivan

Řezâč, Ivan , Czech composer; b. Řevnice, Nov. 5, 1924; d. Prague, Dec. 26, 1977. He studied piano with Rauch and composition with Šlín, Janeček, and Dobiáš at the Prague Academy, graduating in 1953. Later he joined its faculty, becoming its vice-dean in 1961. In his music, he follows the type of optimistic lyricism made popular by Shostakovich.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Pan Theodor Mundstock (Mr. Theodor Mundstock; 1974). ORCH. : 3 piano concertos (1955, 1964, 1972); 2 syms. (1958, 1961); Návrat (The Return) for Cello and Orch. (1962); Quadrature of the Heart for String Quartet and Orch. (1975); Vivace for 67 Musicians (1977); Montage (1977). CHAMBER : 2 string quartets (1955, 1971); Cello Sonata (1956); Piano Trio (1958); Nocturnes for Violin and Piano (1959); Torso of a Schumann Monument for Viola and Piano (1963); Duo for Violin and Piano (1965); 6 Tales for Cello and Guitar (1973); Musica da camera for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1973). Piano : 2 sonatas (1954, 1957); 2 sonatinas (1959, 1966); Dry Points (1962); Sisyfona Neděle (Sisyphus Sunday) (1972).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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