Suk, Josef (b Křečovice, 1874; d Benešov, nr. Prague, 1935). Cz. composer and violinist. 2nd vn. in Bohemian Str. Qt. 1892–1933. Married Dvořák's daughter (d 1905). Prof. of comp., Prague Cons. 1922–35. Early works influenced by Dvořák, but later developed a more complex harmonic and polyphonic style, sometimes near to atonality. Works incl.:ORCH.: Serenade in E♭, str. (1892); sym. No.1 in E (1897–9), No.2 Asrael (1905–6); Pohádka (Fairy Tales), suite (1899–1900); Fantastic Scherzo (1903); Praga (Prague), sym.-poem (1904); Pohádka léta (A Summer's Tale) (1907–9); Zráni (Harvest Time), sym.-poem (1912–17); War Triptych, Op.35, No.1 Svatý Václave (Oh, St Wenceslas), Meditation on an old Bohemian Chorale (1914), No.2 Legend of the Dead Victors (1919), No.3 Sokol ceremonial march, V nový život (Towards a New Life, 1919–20); Fantasia in G minor, vn., orch. (1902).CHORAL: 10 Songs, women's ch. (1899); 4 Songs, male ch. (1900).VOICE(S) & PIANO/ORCH.: Chant d'Amour, v., pf. (1892); O matince (About Mother), 5 songs, v., pf. (1907); Životem a snem (Life and Dreams), v., pf. (1909); Epilogue, sop., bar., bass, ch., orch. (1920–9).CHAMBER MUSIC: 2 str. qts. (1896, 1911); pf. qt., pf. quintet, pf. trio; 4 Pieces, vn., pf.; Ballad, vn., pf.; Meditation on old Bohemian Chorale Op.35a (1914), arr. for str. qt. from orch. work.PIANO: Sonata (1883); 6 Pieces (1891–3); Spanish Joke (1909).
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