JOSEF STRICZL AND BRATISLAVA (Josef Striczl a Bratislava)
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The paper presents a new knowledge about the activity of Honved music director Josef Striczl (1871 Wiener Neustadt - 1949 Sopron) in Bratislava during the years 1898-1915. It affords his short biography and analyses his repertoire, both symphony concerts and military concerts with entertaining music, his original works and correspondence with Johann Batka. Josef Striczl, a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory, became the second and the last music director of the 4th Military District of Honveds. He was actively engaged in musical life of the town and co-operated closely with local musical societies. In the years 1900-1906 he hold 13 symphony concerts and 1 oratorio concert and so he continued in similar tradition of music directors in Bratislava, especially Franz Scharoch and Franz Lehar senior. He kept up friendly contacts with musical critic Johann Batka. Although in a small number, we can conclude this by his obtained correspondence. As a composer he took up music genres typical for conductor music. At present, on the basis of literature, searches and source research, we know his 43 compositions - 29 marches, 11 dances and 3 potpourris - and 5 music arrangements. The popularity of Josef Striczl among people of all ranks in multi-ethnical and multi-cultural Bratislava of that time was based on a high level of his performances, many-sided repertoire with orientation to new musical trends, as well as the aspect of Hungarian patriotism.
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