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Rektorys Artuš

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Composer; Co-répétiteur; Pedagogue (* 1935/4/29 Praha)

Artuš Rektorys’ grandfather was a bank clerk, but also a music critic and historian. His mother obtained a degree in acting from the Prague Conservatoire, but she worked only briefly in this profession. After completing grammar school, Rektorys attended the Music Teaching School, where he studied piano, French horn, and partly composition as well. During that same time he was also an extra at the Vinohrady Theatre.

In 1958, Rektorys settled in Pilsen where he gained an engagement at the J. K. Tyl Theatre as a horn player. He continued to study composition under Josef Bartovský.

Besides his own compositions for the French horn, he has also composed stage music for dozens of plays, as well as music for children’s theatre and radio plays.

He was a long-time teacher at the People’s Art School and then at the Pilsen Conservatoire.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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