Jan Kapr

Jan Kapr

Czechoslovakian composer
Date of Birth: 12.03.1914
Country: Czech

  1. Biography of Jan Kapr
  2. Early Career
  3. Popular Songs
  4. Notable Works

Biography of Jan Kapr

Jan Kapr was a Czechoslovak composer and the Laureate of the Stalin Prize of the second degree in 1951. He was born on March 12, 1914, in Prague. Kapr graduated from the Prague Conservatory, where he studied composition under J. Krček. He embarked on his creative career in 1939.

Early Career

From 1939 to 1946, Kapr worked as a music director at the Prague Radio Center. In 1951 and 1952, he served as the chief editor of the music publishing house "Orbis." From 1953 onwards, he led the music department of Czechoslovak Radio. In 1961, Kapr became a professor at the Music Academy in Brno.

Popular Songs

Kapr is known for composing several popular songs in Czechoslovakia, including "Let's Go to Peace" and "Song of New Prague," among others.

Notable Works

Throughout his career, Kapr created a significant body of work, which includes:

- 6 symphonies (1943, 1946, two in 1956, 1959, 1960)
- Symphonietta (1940)
- Symphonic Scherzo "Marathon" (1939)
- Symphonic picture "Tomorrow" (1953)
- Suite (1956)
- Two piano concertos with orchestra (1938, 1953)
- Patriotic cantatas "Song of the Native Country" (1940) and "In the Soviet Country" (1951)
- Piano cycle "Homeland"

Jan Kapr's compositions showcase his talent and contribution to Czechoslovak music. He was recognized for his achievements and received the Stalin Prize for his outstanding work in the field of composition.