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Antonín Tučapský

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Antonín Tučapský (born 27 March 1928 in Vyškov, Nr Bron, Czech Republic) is a Czech composer who lives and works in England. After receiving his education at Masaryk University and the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, he embarked on a busy career as a composer and conductor, particularly of choral music. For ten years, he was director of the famous Moravian Teachers' Choir with whom he toured Europe making broadcastings and recordings, some of which are still available in today's catalogues. His marriage in the early 1970s to an English singer, however, combined with Czechoslovakia's changed political climate after 1968 still under the communist regime, resulted in an abrupt and mysterious end to his musical activities. Dismissed from his posts and forced to accept work as a manual laborer at a building site, Tučapský eventually took the option to leave his country and settle in London where he has lived and worked ever since.

Appointed professor of composition at Trinity College of Music, London, he has continued to compose prolifically in a variety of genres, but with choral music at the fore. In terms of genres and style, he has written varied works ranging from songs for solo voices and choral compositions, a cappella or with accompaniment of various instruments, cantatas, oratorios and an opera, The Undertaker. Tučapský has also written numerous orchestral, chamber and instrumental works.

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