Milan Kymlicka

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Milan Kymlicka (Czech: Milan Kymlička) (15 May 1936[1] – 9 October 2008) was a Czechoslovak and Canadian arranger, composer and conductor. He was known for his composition of film and television scores,[2] including those for the animated television series Rupert, Babar and The Busy World of Richard Scarry and the live-action television series Lassie and Little Men. He received a Genie Award in 1996 for his work on Margaret's Museum.

Early life[edit]

Kymlicka was born in Louny, Czechoslovakia.[3] He earned degrees from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Prague Conservatory. At the latter institution he was a pupil of Emil Hlobil.

Career[edit]

Kymlicka began his work as a composer in his native country and by 1967 he had produced 20 film scores, a ballet, a cello concerto, several works for solo piano, a number of string quartets, and created the theme for an animated television series.[4]

After Prague Spring in 1968 Kymlicka emigrated to Canada where he settled in Toronto, Ontario.[5] By the early 1970s he was working as a studio arranger/conductor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1974, Kymlicka became a naturalized Canadian citizen. That year he arranged music for and conducted the Hamilton Philharmonic accompanying pop musician Ian Thomas;[6] his arrangements were included on some of Thomas' recordings in the 1970s.[7]

Kymlicka continued as a composer, arranger, and conductor for film, television, and radio. He composed scores for a number of feature films.[5][8][9] His composition "Four Valses" was recorded by pianist Antonin Kubalek in New York.[10]

Kymlicka died in Toronto in 2008. Among his last released works was "Závoj tkaný touhami" (originally by Tanita Tikaram), arranged for the 2008 album Ohrožený druh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RECORDINGS; There's More to Bohemian Music Than Dvorak". New York Times, Jun 10, 1990
  2. ^ "Lavigne, Dion among Socan winners". London Free Press, Angela Pacienza, 2003-11-25
  3. ^ "This date in musical history, May 15". Canoe.ca
  4. ^ "Vecernicek celebrates 40 years". Radio Prague, Kate L. Barrette, 14-07-2005
  5. ^ a b Larry LeBlanc (2 December 1995). SOCAN Awards Honor Bryan Adams. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 47–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ Talent in Action. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 8 June 1974. pp. 17–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ "Ian Thomas: A Life in Song". Hamilton Spectator, Jun 16, 2016 by Graham Rockingham
  8. ^ "Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men". Variety, May 6, 1998
  9. ^ "In search of sunny days".Reeling Back, Oct 17 2017
  10. ^ "RECORDINGS; Acoustics Are The Treasure In Bank's Hall". New York Times, Apr 30, 1989. Lawrence B. Johnson

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