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Zdenek Jonak

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Zdenĕk Jonák

Biography

Zdeněk Jonák (25 February 1917, Prague, Czechoslovakia – 31 August 1995, Aldaar, Czechoslovakia ) was a Czech composer and musicologist.

Jonák graduated in 1947 from the master class of the Prague Conservatory and later also his doctorate in music. Furthermore, he had a Ph.D. in psychology and he also has a degree in philosophy.

In 1965 he became music director of Radio Prague. In 1972 he became head of the music department in the Prague broadcasting professions. He remained in this position until his retirement.

Dr. Jonák made many arrangements of folk songs.  He also composed music for orchestra, chamber groups, chorus and films. For a long time he was one of the best-known contemporary Czech composers abroad.


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