Karel Bendl

Born: 16th April 1838

Died: 20th September 1897

Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire

Karel Bendl, or German: Karl Bendl, pseudonym: Podskalský was a Czech composer. Bendl was born and died in Prague. He studied at the organ school, where he met and befriended Antonín Dvořák one year before graduating with honors in 1858. By then he had already composed a number of small choral works. In 1861 his Poletuje holubice won a prize and at once became a favorite with the local choral societies. In 1864 Bendl went to Brussels, where for a short time he held the post of second conductor of the opera. After visiting Amsterdam and Paris. In Paris, he became influenced by the stage works of Charles Gounod and Ambrose Thomasand especially by Giacomo Meyerbeer.

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