Sunday, April 4, 2021

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Karel Svoboda


Karel Svoboda was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on December 19 1938 and began his career as a pop composer after abandoning medicine in his third year at the university. He became a member of the rock band "Mefisto" in 1963 where he played piano. Later, he composed music for the Laterna Magica theatre in Prague and for many Czech singers. In 1969 he wrote Lady Carneval for Karel Gott, a major Czech pop star. Svoboda wrote a total of 80 songs for Gott.

Svoboda was a composer of TV scores for the German channel ZDF for over 30 years. He wrote the scores to many TV series in the 1970s that a whole generation of Europeans grew up with. Some examples of these TV series are 'Vicky the Viking', 'Maya the Bee' and 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils'. He also composed the score for the movie "Three Wishes for Cinderella".

Svoboda wrote scores for almost 90 films, TV series and several musicals:

Svoboda died in Jevany, a suburb of Prague, on January 28, 2007.

SVOBODA, Karel [12/19/1938, Prague, Czechoslovakia - 1/28/2007, Jevany, Prague, Czech Republic (suicide)] – composer, songwriter, musician (piano), married to Václava Pizingerová [1972-    ] (1995-2007), father of Klárka Svoboda (1996-2000), Jakub Svoboda [2005-    ], he was a member of the rock band "Mefisto" [1963].

Sing, Cowboy, Sing – 1980

Bloody Heart – 1986 [film was never completed]

Winnetou (TV) – 1995

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