Suite for Viola solo Op.21

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Vycpálek Suite for Viola solo Op.21

Ladislav Vycpálek (1882–1969) was a Czech composer and violist.  He earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1906.  In the years 1908-12 he studied composition under Vítězslav Novák.  From 1907 he was working in University Library (today the National Library) where he founded the Department of Music in 1922 and became its first director.  He directed it up to his retirement in 1942.  His rich oeuvre is dominated by vocal works. 

His musical thought is primarily contrapuntal and he was attached to the tradition of Baroque music which is obvious in his Suite for Viola Solo composed in 1929.  It was premiered by Jiří Herold on 14 April 1930 at a concert of the Chamber Music Society in Prague.

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20th Century