Husa, Karel

AMQS from his 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “String Quartet No. 3”

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(B. 1921) Czech-born classical composer and conductor, won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize. To the US 1954, became a citizen 1959. Husa learned to play the violin and piano in early childhood and enrolled in the Prague Conservatory in 1941. He graduated from the Prague Academy graduate school in 1947 then continued his studies of composition and conducting in Paris with Arthur Honegger and Nadia Boulanger. He studied conducting with Jean Fournet, Eugène Bigot and André Cluytens. After finishing his courses in conducting at École Normale de Musique de Paris and at Conservatoire de Paris he conducted the world's leading orchestras and participated in many major projects. He divided his time between composing and conducting, taking an ever more active part in Parisian and international musical life.His “First String Quartet” received the 1950 Lili Boulanger Award and the 1951 award at the music festival in Bilthoven in the Netherlands. It has also been performed at the festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music in Brussels (1950), festivals in Salzburg (1950), Darmstadt (1951), and the Netherlands (1952) as well as at various concerts in Germany, France, Sweden, England, Switzerland, Australia and the US. Other compositions written by Husa during his stay in Paris include “Divertimento for String Orchestra”, “Concertino for Piano and Orchestra”, “Évocations de Slovaquie”, “Musique d'amateurs”, “Portrait for String Orchestra”, “First Symphony”, “First Sonata for Piano”, and “Second String Quartet”. The composer's underlying preoccupation and interest was style, primarily influenced by Vítězslav Novák, Janáček, Bartók and Stravinsky. He is probably best known for his 1968 “Music for Prague”, a work in memory of the 1968 Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia. His “String Quartet No. 3” won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize. He is the 1993 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition presented by the University of Louisville for his “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra”. He was a professor at Cornell University 1954-92 and lecturer at Ithaca College 1967-86. AMQS, several bars on a 3 x 5 card from his “String Quartet No. 3”, marked “Viola/allegro moderato”, signed twice. Typed identification im middle of card notes his Pulitzer Prize award for this work.

Condition: Very good, two faint stains at top left an lower right corners
Type:AMQS






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