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Zdeněk Liška


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Zdeněk Liška (16 March 1922, Smečno – 13 August 1983, Prague) was a Czech composer who produced a large of number film scores across a prolific career. He was very relevatory in development of experimental electronic music, composed for severel movies from the beginning of his work, that started in the 1950s, thrilled in using unique sound sources. He also created a great deal of iconic scores for important live-action films of the Czech New Wave including The Shop on Main Street, Marketa Lazarová, Valley of the Bees, Fruit of Paradise and Ikarie XB-1. He worked notably with animator Jan Švankmajer, scoring several of his earlier short films: Punch and Judy (1966), Et Cetera (1966), Historia Naturae (Suita) (1967), The Flat (1968), Don Juan (1969), The Ossuary (1970), Jabberwocky (1971), and Leonardo’s Diary (1972), and later The Castle of Otranto (1979). Liška’s music for Švankmajer’s Historia Naturae (Suita), The Flat, and The Ossuary was also featured in the 1984 short film by American animators the Brothers Quay entitled The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer.

Selected filmography:
* 1950 - Pára nad hrncem
* 1952 - Poklad Ptačího ostrova
* 1953 - Z Argentiny do Mexika, Afrika I a II
* 1956 - Míček Flíček
* 1957 - Tam na konečné, Nové světy - selection of archive music
* 1958 - Vynález zkázy, Muž mnoha tváří


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