Personalities | Zdenek Fibich | Late Romantic | Classical

(Zden’-yek Fe’-bikh) 1850–1900
Czech composer

Fibich was conductor of the National Theatre in Prague and later of the Russian Orthodox Choir. Trained in Prague and Leipzig, he deployed Wagnerian techniques in his seven Czech operas, including The Bride of Messina (1884). The librettist of his opera Sárka (1897) was Anezka Schulzová, a pupil with whom he had a love affair, charted in an epic ‘diary’ for piano, Moods, Impressions, Reminiscences (1892–99), consisting of over 200 pieces including his popular Poème. Fibich was the earliest composer of Czech tone-poems, based on folk ballads; he also composed three ‘cyclic’ symphonies, many songs and chamber works and excelled in the genre of melodrama.

Recommended Recording:
Symphony No. 2 in E Flat, op. 38, Detroit SO (cond) Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

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