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LACHOUT Karel MusD
Czech composer, musicologist, writer , pianist and teacher

Date of birth: 30 April 1929


Place of birth: Prague


Parentage: s. of Ing. Karel Lachout and Marie Lachoutová


Family: m. (divorced)


Education: Charles Univ., Acad. of Musical Arts, Prague


Career: teacher of music and English (approbation for grammar schools) 1952; Ed. Music Dept. Radio Prague 1953–79; freelance artist, composer and musicologist with specialization in Spanish and Latin American folk music 1979–


Honours and awards: recognition from Queen Sofía of Spain for promotion of Spanish music 1995, from Pres. Eduardo Frei of Chile for promotion of Chilean music in Prague 1999


Compositions include: Such is Cuba orchestral suite 1962, Symphonietta for grand orchestra, America Latina orchestral suite (including ‘Mar del Plata’), two string quartets, piano pieces


Radio: scripts for music programmes on Radio Prague of authentic music from Latin America, Spain and other countries, including Music From Cristóbal Colón's Land series 1974


Publications: The Problem of Composer's Creation (dissertation) 1953, The World Sings (Czech Music Fund Prize) 1957, Music of Chile 1976, Music of Cuba (honoured by invitation from UNEAC to Music Festival, Havana 1986) 1979, Folk Music of Latin America (edn to commemorate 500th anniversary of discovery of S America, with two LPs and booklet) 1992, Folk Music of Spain (double LP and booklet) 1993


Leisure interests: languages (German, English, Spanish, Latin), travelling to explore origins of authentic folk music, relaxing in Spain at Costa Brava, philosophy of deeper sense of human life and belief in higher justice; active member, Czech Hussite Church; big collection of folk music (books, instruments, recordings etc.) from all over the world; promotes int. summer folk music festival, Prague Fair every year


Contact details: Address: Viklefova 11, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic (home); Tel: (2) 71770347 (home).






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