Vogel, Jaroslav, Czech conductor and composer; b. Pilsen, Jan. 11,1894; d. Prague, Feb. 2,1970. He studied violin with Sevcik and composition with Novak in Prague; after taking courses in Munich (1910-12) and at the Paris Schola Cantorum with d’Indy (1912-13), he completed his training with Novak at the Prague Cons, (graduated, 1919). He was a conductor at the Pilsen Opera (1914-15) and in Ostrava (1919-23); after conducting in Prague (1923-27), he was chief conductor of the Ostrava Opera (1927-43); then conducted at the Prague National Theater (1949-58), and was chief conductor of the Brno State Phil. (1959-62). In 1964 he was made an Artist of Merit by the Czech government. As a conductor, he championed the music of Smetana, Jan-ácek, and Novak. He publ. (in German) the useful study Leosjanaöek: Sein Leben und Werk (Prague, 1958; abr. Eng. tr., 1962; Czech original, 1963). He composed the operas Maréja (Olomouc, 1923), Meister Georg or Mistr Jira (Prague, 1926), Jovana (Ostrava, 1939), and Hiawatha (Ostrava, 1974), orch. pieces, and chamber music.
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