Šín, Otakar

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Šín, Otakar

Šín, Otakar, eminent Czech music theorist and composer; b. Rokytno, Moravia, April 23, 1881; d. Prague, Jan. 21, 1943. He studied composition with V. Novak at the Prague Cons., where he was appointed a prof. of theory in 1920. He publ., in Prague, the textbooks Uplná nauka o harmonii na základĕ melodie a rytmu (A Complete Harmony Course on the Basis of Melody and Rhythm; 1922; 6th ed., rev., 1949), Nauka o kontrapunktit, imitaci a fuge (Counterpoint, Imitation and Fugue; 1936; second ed., 1945), and Všeobecná nauka o hudbé (A General Music Course; 1949; completed by F. Bartoš and K. Janeček).


ORCH.: 2 symphonic poems: Tillotama (1908) and King Menkera (1916–18); Radio Overture (1936); 3 CzechDances for Orch. (1939; also for Nonet). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1923; 1926–28); Cello Sonata (1934); Small Suite for Violin and Piano (1937); Hunting, festive greeting for Horns (1938); numerous piano pieces. VOCAL: Choruses; songs.


K. Janeček, O. S.(Prague, 1944).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire