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October 11, 1931 |
|Education||PhD University of Prague|
Tomislav Volek, is a Czech musicologist and one of the world’s leading Mozart scholars.
Spending much of his career in Prague, Volek made a virtue of necessity by exploring the musical life of eighteenth-century Bohemia, with particular emphasis on Mozart’s activities in Prague. Meticulous archival research combined with a willingness to advance daring new hypotheses led to a series of pathbreaking articles, one of which, “Über den Ursprung von Mozarts Oper La clemenza di Tito” (Mozart-Jahrbuch, 1959), contributed to a fundamental reassessment of one of Mozart’s late operas.
His work on Don Giovanni and its Bohemian context is also of crucial importance, as is his edition of Mozart documents, “The Mozartiana of Czech and Moravian Archives” (Prague, 1991).
Volek is President of the Czech Mozart Society and a member of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Volek had been a close friend of Uwe Johnson's wife Elisabeth née Schmidt.
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