Jiri Teml (born 24 June 1935 in Vimperk, Bohemia) studied theory and composition with Bohumil Dusek and Jiri Jaroch. He began his professional career in 1976 as producer and head of music at Plzen Radio; in 1980, he joined Czech Radio in Prague as producer of classical music programs.
As a composer, his first critical success came in 1972 when he took third prize at the Prague Spring Music Festival for his organ work, Fantasia apassionata . Initially his compositional style was influenced by Stravinsky, Martinu, Janacek and Kabelac. In the 1970's, after studying techniques of composers of the Polish School and of Ligeti, Teml adopted a musical language dominated by consideration for color and for contrasts between sections; he employed motivic development and controlled aleatorism. Representative of this later style are Four Inventions (1977), the Violin Concerto (1979) and especially the Fantazie for Violin, Harp and Orchestra (1983). His music also betrays influences of Czech folk music of which he is an expert; for many years, he had collaborated with the Plzen Radio Folk Ensemble.
His compositional output includes works for orchestra, many vocal and choral compositions, much chamber music and works for organ. He is published by Panton, International, Supraphon, Triga Barenreiter, Eset, Santa Barbara Music Publications and Alliance Publications, Inc.
Works for Winds