Milan Slavický

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Milan Slavický. Photo sourced from Discogs

Milan Slavický (May 7th 1947, d. August 18th, 2009, Prague) is a Czech composer and musicologist.


Milan Slavický was born into a musical family, with his father Klement Slavický and both his grandfathers Kamil Voborský and Klement Slavický sr. being composers.

He studied musicology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague (1965-1970, doctorate in 1972) and composition at the Janacek Academy of Arts in Brno in classes of Jan Kapr and Ctirad Kohoutek (1968-1973). Afterwards, he completed a post-graduate course in the theory of music at the Academy of Arts in Prague under Karel Janecek and Karel Risinger (1970-1972) and research project at the department of musical science at the Institute of Art History and Theory of Czechoslovakia's Academy of Sciences (1974-1979), his tutor being Karel Risinger. He worked as a recording producer in the Supraphon Records (1973-81), later as a free-lance composer, recording producer, music editor and musicologist. In 1990 he began teaching musicology at the Charles University and, in 1994, composition at the Prague Academy of Perfoming Arts.

He was active in the Experimental Studio of the Czech Radio Pilsen, and is a member of SEAH, the Czech Society for Electroacoustic Music, based in Prague and Brno.


He wrote symphonic, chamber and electroacoustic music, and after 1990 his interest in vocal music increased significantly. His compositions have often been performed on Czech and foreign stages and have received significant awards since the beginning of his work. He twice triumphed in the Carl Maria von Weber international competition of young composers in Dresden (1976 and 1979).

Electroacoustic music

  • Praise of the Harpsichord, concrete music (1977), CR Plzen, 9'
  • Variations on a Laser Ray, music for tape (1982), SR Bratislava 10'
  • Brightening V or Prague Autumn (1990), electroacoustic impression, Audiostudio, CR Prague, 14'10
  • Adventus, electroacoustic contemplation (1992) Audiostudio, CR Prague, CD Solitaire 11'05
  • L'Avent, meditation electroacoustique, (1992) 11'20, GMEB Bourges
  • Contrapunctus I per oboe/corno inglese e nastro magnetico, (1992), Audiostudio, CR Prague, 10'30