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Josef Rut, (pronounced Root) violinist and composer, was born on November 21, 1926 in Kutná Hora, Czechoslovakia. He was married to musicologist, Dr. Milada Rutová, with whom they had one son, Premysl. Josef studied the violin with Professor Bedřich Voldan at the State Conservatory in Prague and undertook private studies in composition with both Professor Jaroslav Řídký and Dr. Emil Hradecký.


Rut made his musical debut in Prague in 1951 and was for some thirty years (1953-1983) violinist with the Radio Prague Symphony Orchestra. Since 1983, he has been able to devote more of his time to composing. He has written 57 compositions: 49 of them based on his own twelve-note tonal theory; also 4 symphonies and 8 concertos, eg. Te Deum, Magnificat and Oratorio Ecclesiastes, and chamber music. His publications include Twelve-Note Tonal Theory (1969), Die Musik und ihre Perspektive vom Gesichtspunkt der Relativita/tstheorie (1980), Manual of Rhythm with Jan Dostal (1979, 1984), Beitrag zur u/bersichtlicheren Notierung des Rhythmus (1982), The Relativistic Theory of Musical Motion (1990), and Search for Order as the Inspiration for Music Creation – Philosophy of Music (2000).


The achievements of Josef Rut have been noticed by the American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, and other publications. He is a member of the Society of Czech composers, the Society of Sacred Music, the Society of Contemporary Music, and OSA.

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