Zieh, Otakar, Czech composer and musicologist, father of Jaroslav Zieh:; b Králové Mëstec, March 25, 1879; d. Oubënice, near Benesov, July 9, 1934. He studied mathematics at the Univ. of Prague (Ph.D., 1901), and also received training in musicology from Hostinsky and in composition from Stecker (1897-1901); completed his Habilitation at the Univ. of Prague in 1911. After teaching in a secondary school in Domazlice (from 1901), he was made prof, of philosophy at the Univ. of Brno in 1919. From 1924 he was prof, of aesthetics at the Univ. of Prague.
WRITINGS (all publ. in Prague): Smetanova Hubiöka (Smet-ana’s The Kiss; 1911); Hector Berlioz a jeho Episoda ze ¿ivota umëlcova (Hector Berlioz and His Episode from the Life of an Artist; 1914); Ceske lidové tance s promënlivym taktem (Czech Folkdances with a Changing Beat; 1917); Symfonické básne Smetanovy (Smetana’s Symphonic Poems; 1924; 2nd ed., 1949); Estetika dramatického urneni (Aesthetics of Dramatic Art; 1931).
dramatic: Opera: Marlíosky nápad (Painter’s Whim; 1908; Prague, March 11, 1910); Vina (Guilt; 1911-15; Prague, March 14, 1922); Preciézky, after Molière’s Les Précieuses ridicules (1924; Prague, May 11, 1926). VOCAL: Cantatas, song cycles, part-songs, etc.
J. Hutter, O. Z. a jeho “Vina” (Prague, 1922); J. Burjanek, O. Z.: Studie k vyoji oeského muzikologického my eleni v prvni töetine naseho stoleti (O.Z.: A Study of the Development of Czech Musicological Thought in the First Third of This Century; Prague, 1966).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire