Josef Suk

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Josef Suk


Josef Suk (4 January 1874, Křečovice, Czechia - 29 May 1935, Benešov, Czechia) was a Czech composer.

For four decades he served as the second violinist with the Czech Quartet and, later, was a professor of composition and rector of the State Conservatoire in Prague. Foremost among his compositions are his orchestral works which include the well-known and beloved festive march of the Sokol. The Sokol is a society founded in Prague which emphasizes mass calisthenics as a means of promoting communal spirit and physical fitness. Sokol festivals, of Slets, have been held at periodic intervals since 1882.

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