Rychík, Jan , Czech composer; b. Prague, April 27, 1916; d. there, Jan. 20, 1964. He studied with Řídký at the Prague Cons. (1939–45) and in his master classes there (1945–46). A practical musician, he played in dance orchs., experimented with modern techniques, and was active as a music critic. He wrote a book on jazz and one on valveless brass instruments.
Symphonic Overture (1944); Suite for Wind Quintet (1946); Concert Overture (1947); Partita giocosa for Wind Orch. (1947); Trio for Clarinet, Trumpet, and Bassoon (1948); Divertimento for 3 Double Basses (1951); Études for English Horn and Piano (1953); String Trio (1953); 4 Partitas for Flute (1954); Chamber Suite for String Quartet (1954); Arabesques for Violin and Piano (1955); Burlesque Suite for Clarinet (1956); Serenade for Wind Octet (1957); Wind Quintet (1960); Hommagi gravicembalistici for Harpsichord (1960); African Cycle I–V for 8 Winds and Piano (1961; Prague, June 29, 1962); Relazioni for Alto Flute, English Horn, and Bassoon (1964); music for films and plays.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire