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Husa Donates Library to Ithaca

October 12, 2000

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Distinguished conductor and composer Karel Husa has donated his personal library to the Ithaca College School of Music.

The Pulitzer Prize winner’s archive contains personal correspondence with musicians and composers, including 62 letters from Nadia Boulanger, perhaps the most eminent composition teacher of the 20th century.

Husa also donated his own work, including such masterpieces as ``Music for Prague,″ ``Apotheosis of This Earth″ and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

Husa, who was born in Czechoslovakia, began teaching composition at Ithaca College in 1967.

Because he studied in Western Europe, Husa and his music were banned in Czechoslovakia from the mid-1940s until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989.

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