Josef Klicka (15.12.1855 Klatovy-28.3.1937 Klatovy)<
Czech composer, violinist and organ virtuoso. Son of the choirmaster in Klatovy, played violin since his early childhood thanks to father's lessons. He went on with violin at the conservatory of Prague. After finishing it, he earned his living as violinist in theatre orchestra and studied the Organists' School at the same time. In 1876 he became the bandmaster of Svanda Theatre in Prague; in 1878-1881 he was bandmaster of the Interim Theatre. After establishing the Masters School within the Prague Conservatory, he became the professor of the Organ Class in 1885. In 1892-1995 he substituted Antonin Dvorak as the Prague Conservatory schoolmaster (at the time of Dvorak's stay in the USA). As an educator, he got the reputation of the founder of the modern Czech organ improvisation and interpretation; he trained a lot of top Czech organists. His musical production was quite extensive, written in the style of late romanticism.
Kniha o hudbe/Book of music (V.Holzknecht & col., Orbis 1964)
CD Czech Organ Music (MUSIC VARS 1997)
Fantasy on the old Chorale of St Wenceslaus (Jirina Pokorna organ, MUSIC VARS 1997)