Vilém Blodek

Smetana was this composer's slightly older contemporary and, had Blodek lived a longer life, it is possible that he may have surpassed the former's ability to synthesize fresh melodic lines from the Czech heritage and life-situation. Blodek was not only a composer but also a flute player, pianist and educator. He was taught flute by Eiser, composition by Kittl and piano by Dreyschock. It is accurate to say that he was influenced by Mendelssohn, Kittl and Smetana but he most certainly surpased his teacher. Blodek wrote vocal music including operas (his legacy), choral works, a mass and other sacred works as well as instrumental concertos, sextets, and some chamber works. "V studni" (In the Well) was a one act opera and the best known work by Blodek. His "Clarissa" (unfinished) demonstrates an unfortunately missing innovative future due to his early death. Likewise, "Zitek" was an opera that illustrated the profoundity of his potential. ~ Keith Johnson

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