Stecker, Karel, Czech pedagogue, writer on music, and composer; b. Kosmanos, near Mladá Boleslav, Jan. 22, 1861; d. Mladá Boleslav, March 13, 1918. He studied law and aesthetics at the Univ. of Prague, then entered the Prague Organ School, joining its faculty in 1885; when it became a part of the Prague Cons. in 1890, he was made a prof. He composed mostly sacred music and organ pieces. He publ, a history of music in the Czec language (2 vols., 1892, 1902), a treatise on musical form (1905), and an interesting essay on non-thematic improvisation (1903).
C. Sychra, K. S.(Prague, 1948).
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