Petr Eben

Petr Eben (1929-2007) a prolific Czech composer, suffered both under the Nazi regime and the Stalinist regime. As the son of a Jewish father and Catholic mother, he had been imprisoned in Buchenwald as a teenager. Somehow he not only survived this harrowing period, but he emerged with a strengthened Catholic faith. After the war the Czech people endured a particularly harsh Soviet occupation, and it was under this regime that Eben produced most of his life work. Eben remains virtually unknown outside of his native country and, to a lesser extent, the UK (he was briefly a guest academic in the UK). His relative obscurity stems partly because of the limitations on dissemination caused by the Iron Curtain. In addition, as a steadfast church member and frequent composer of liturgical music, he was not the sort of composer the authorities promoted.


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