The work contents an interesting idea: to celebrate with dignity the greatest personality of the Second Great War Winston Churchill.
The auth-or of the music chose the form of an extensive work, divided into more different, concluded pieces. Each of them centents important events from the life of Winston Churchill, what gives to the author the opportunity to composse various constrasting moods, wherewith the music gains an attractivity.
The musical language is intelligble and understandable but not old fashioned. All together forms an interesting, respectable work, well fulfilling the mentioned intention of the author.
Zdenek Jonak (born 25th February 1917) was a Doctor of Music, a Doctor of Psychology and had degree in Philosophy
He was appointed Radio Prague music-regiseur in 1965. In 1972 he became Head of Music and remained in that post until his retirement.
He was universally respected - indeed - much loved - by his staff, his colleagues, national and international conductors. His unassuming manner gave no hint of his vast knowledge of music. He was a prolific composer of characteristically Czech National music; many of his early works - prior to his Prague Radio days - having been recorded by Supraphon. His music is much admired by musicians.
Dr Jonak died in his sleep on 31st August 1995. He leaves his wife, Dagmar Zdenek (the harpist) and two sons.
For an incomplete list of his compositions.
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