Ivana Loudová

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Ivana Loudová


Ivana Loudová (b. 8 March 1941, Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Czech Republic - 25 July 2017, Prague) was a Czech composer.

Loudová began her musical life as a pianist. Her mother was her first teacher and would often scold young Ivana for trying to “improve” the classics she was taught, telling her if “you want it to be different, then write it yourself, separately.” Loudová heeded her mother’s advice and her compositional career began. Loudová studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts under Miloslav Kabeláč and Emil Hlobil. She later studied in Paris at the Centre Bourdan under Olivier Messiaen and André Jolivet.

Ms. Loudová wrote orchestral and chamber music, as well as music for the voice and film/stage. She obtained an honourable mention in Mannheim for the composition Rhapsody in Black, and won at the Guido d'Arezzo International Polyphonic Competition in Italy in 1978, 1980 and 1984. In the choral area, she wrote the Vocal Symphony in 1965 and later wrote children's choral works such as the prize-winning Little Christmas Cantata. She also wrote music for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and other orchestral works.

Beginning in 1992 Ivana Loudová taught composition on the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague. She was one of today’s most prolific Czech composers. She was praised for her innovative use of timbre and rhythm, especially in her treatment of percussion.

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