Czech composer Petr Eben, whose wide variety of music has been performed around the globe, has died. He was 78.
Throughout his career, he composed some 200 pieces, including works for organ and piano, orchestral and chamber compositions, masses, cantatas and music for children. Among them: the organ cycle “Job,” the oratorio “Sacred Symbols” for the Salzburg Cathedral, “Windows” (4 movements according to Marc Chagall for trumpet and organ), and “Prague Te Deum.”
He performed his music around the world, giving improvisational organ and piano concerts in such venues as Paris’ Notre Dame, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.
He was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by France in 1991 and received a high Czech decoration, the Medal of Merit, in 2002.