Zouhar, Zdeněk, Czech composer and teacher; b. Kotvrdovice, Feb. 8, 1927. He was a pupil in Bratislava (1946-51) of Blazek and Kunz before settling in Brno, where he studied with Schaefer at the Janácek Academy of Music (1965-67) and pursued his education at the Univ. (Ph.D., 1962). After serving as head of the music dept. of the Univ. library (1953-61), he taught at the Janácek Academy of Music (from 1962). His music makes multifarious use of modern techniques, including a fairly orthodox dodecaphony.
dramatic: Metamorphosis, chamber radio opera (1971); A Great Love, comic opera (1986); ballets. ORCH.: Sports Pages, suite (1959); Music for Strings (1966); Symphonic Triptych (Brno Radio, Nov. 29, 1967); Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Orch. (1970); Variations on a Theme by Bohuslav Martinu (1979); Musica giocosa (1981); Blanenská, suite (1981); Divertimento No. 3 for Brass Band(1993). CHAMBER: Epilogue for Cello (1949); Spring Suite for 3 Violins (1949); Aulularia for Chamber Ensemble (1956); 252 for Wind Quintet (1958); Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet (1962); Études for 4 Horns (1963); Divertimento No. 1 for 4 Winds and Percussion (1965); Variations for Oboe and Piano (1965); 2 string quartets (1966, 1983); Brass Quintet (1985); Trio for Piccolo, Flute, and Alto Flute (1988); Music Between Verses for Flute, Oboe, Cello, Piano, and Reciter (1991); Like Water for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano (1994); piano pieces; organ music. VOCAL: Midnight Mass for Soloists, Chorus, Orch., and Organ (1957); The Flames of Constance, oratorio (1988); 3 Melodramas for Narrator and Piano (1995); choral works; songs. ELECTROA-C O U S TIC :Widecrossing (1994).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire