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Josef Bohuslav Foerster was born 30. December 1859 in Prague. His ancestors were of Bohemian German ethnics which had assimilated into Czech community. He was a musical family normally living in Prague where his father, a composer also named Josef Foerster, taught at the Conservatory. (His father's students included Franz Lehár.) His brother was artist Viktor Foerster. Josef was educated accordingly, and duly studied there. He also showed an early interest in the theatre, and even thought of becoming an actor. From 1884 he worked as a critic, and he would prove to be a writer of distinction. In 1893 he married the leading Czech soprano Berta Lautererová (Bertha Lauterer) in Hamburg, during ten years making his living there as a critic, and she was engaged at the Hamburg Staatsoper. In 1901 he became a teacher at the Hamburg Conservatory. In 1903 Berta went to sing at the Viena Hofoper, and so Josef moved there with her, continuing to make a living as a music critic. He returned to Prague on the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, thereafter teaching at the conservatory and the university.  In 1946 he was declared a National Composer. He died 29. May 1951 in Nový Vestec.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Bohuslav_Foerster

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