Kricka, Jaroslav. (1882-1969)
Portrait Photograph Signed
Large half-length portrait photograph of the Czech composer and conductor in formal attire by Langhans in Prague, signed on the photographer's mount "Jar. Křička 1936" with printed Langhans logo to lower margin. Size of photograph 8.75 x 6.25 inches (22.5 x 16 cm); size of mount 13.5 x 10.5 inches (34 x 26.5 cm). Mount browned and somewhat worn; small tear to right edge, else fine.
Křička was an influential figure in Czech music life, particularly as a teacher. After completing his studies in Prague in 1905, he taught in Ekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (now Dnipro, Ukraine) for a year and befriended Alexander Glazunov and Sergey Taneyev before returning to his native country. Within his output as a composer, music for children, including children's operas, occupies a special place.