Novak, Vitezslav

1870-

 

Composer; born at Kamenitz, Bo" hernia. Novak is one of the Bohemian musicians who have done much to revive in their country the old standard of music and musical taste. He studied at the University and at the Conservatory at Prague, and has since lived there as a teacher and state examiner. His compositions include numerous songs, choruses, chamber-music, piano trios, string quartets, On the Lofty Tatra, a symphonic poem; another, Eternal Longing, a serenade; four ballads and a piano sonata, the Eroica. His first works, like those of many another of his country, were influenced by the German Romantic School, but his later compositions have been more truly Bohemian and show the national element which has interested his fellow musicians.