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Autographed postcard photograph of the Czech composer, organist and composition professor at the Prague Conservatory.

Klička (1855-1937) was initially trained as a child on the violin by his Father.  He went to the Prague Conservatory as a violin student under Antonin Bennewitz.  Upon graduation from the Conservatory he enrolled at the Prague Organ School to study with the well known Czech organist Franz Skuberský.  To make ends meet while studying organ, he played the violin in a local theater orchestra.  In 1876 he was appointed organist at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Prague, a Baroque masterpiece.  He also assumed the role of conductor of the Svanda Theatre.  In 1878 he was appointed 2nd conductor of the much larger Interims Theater, where he remained until 1881.  He then set about establishing a masters organ program at the Prague Conservatory where he was eventually appointed professor or organ in 1889.  Klička took over Antonin Dvorak’s composition classes at the Conservatory whilst he was in America from 1892-1895.  The composer was also the Director of the Hlahol Singing Association from 1890-1897.  He remained as a Professor of organ until his retirement from the Conservatory in 1924.

Klička was one of the most important Bohemian musicians of his period and a prolific composer with a large body of work including an opera based upon “Die schöne Müllerin” entitled “Spanilá mlynářka”, orchestral music for the stage, chamber music in a variety of formats, solo music and songs. The composer also wrote a large swath of harp music ostensibly for his son, in solo and multiple harp configurations.  However, he is best remembered as the Father of the modern Czech organ school of improvisation and it is with this reputation that he is perhaps the most important Czech organist of the period.  He wrote extensively for the organ, his “Konzertfantasie über den St. Wenzels-Choral” written in 1890 and dedicated to Camille Saint-Saëns is his most enduring work, frequently programmed and recorded today by organists in Europe.  He also wrote several “Legends” for organ, Fantasies, Preludes and Fugues and other concert pieces. The concert pieces were written in many cases for the Sauer organ he helped design at the Rudolfinum, now known as Dvorak Hall.  Klička also wrote a wide range of liturgical and choral music, 7 masses, cantatas and choral music.  While the bulk of the choral music was non-secular, he did write folks songs in choral settings, nationalistic music and humorous music as well.

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JOSEF KLIČKA - COMPOSER
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