Vaclav Nelhybel

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Born: 24 September 1919 — Polanka — Czechoslovakia
Died: 22 March 1996 — Scranton — USA
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Orchestral works

  • Etude symphonique
  • Fantasia concertante (VN166)
  • Houston concerto
  • Lincoln scene
  • Movement for orchestra
  • Music for orchestra
  • New orleans concerto (VN65)
  • Overture for orchestra
  • Polyphonies
  • Sinfonietta concertante (VN134)
  • Slavonic triptych
  • Two movements for chamber orchestra
  • Cantus concertante (VN60)


  • Concertino for chamber orchestra and piano
  • Concerto spirituoso no. 4
  • Concerto spirituoso no. 5 (VN67) (Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet, String Quartet)
  • Divertimento for brass quintet and orchestra
  • Music for woodwind quintet and orchestra
  • Three modes for orchestra (Orchestra and Piano)


  • Four readings from Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus (Orchestra (or Piano), Male Solo Voice)
  • Graffiti Pompeiani (Orchestra, SSATTBB Soli, Piano)
  • Hymn of hope (SATB Chorus, Orchestra (or Band))
  • Let there be music (Orchestra, SATB Chorus, Baritone Voice Solo, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar)
  • Praise the Lord (VN30) (Orchestra, SATB Chorus, SATB Soli, Piano)
  • Sinfonia contra plagam
  • Six fables for all time (Orchestra, SATB Chorus, Narrator)

String Orchestra

  • Bohemian suite
  • Chaconne (Purcell-Nelhybel)
  • Chester variations
  • Danza
  • Divertimento for strings
  • Three movements for strings
  • Music for string quartet and strings
  • Oratio i (Strings, Piccolo Trumpet, Chimes)
  • Oratio iii (Strings, 8 Woodwinds)
  • Oratio iv (Strings, Brass)
  • Oratio v (Strings, 8 Woodwinds, Horn)
  • Polyphonic variations (Strings and Trumpet)
  • Suite no.1 (Three-part Strings, Flute, 2Bb Clarinets, 2 Trumpets, Trombone (Tuba), 3 Percussion)
  • Suite no.2 (Three-part Strings, Flute, 2 Clarinets, 2 Trumpets, Trombone (Tuba), 4 Percussion)
  • Suite no.3 (Three-part Strings, Flute, 2 Clarinets, Bells; Grade: 2)
  • Suite no.4 (Three-part Strings, 2 Flutes, Guitar (or Piano))

Concert Band

  • Ceremony for band (VN146)
  • Chorale variations (VN7)
  • Concertante
  • Corsican litany
  • Czech suite
  • Divertimento for band (VN155)
  • Epitaph
  • Festivo
  • Monolith
  • Overture for band
  • Procession to the end of time
  • Processional
  • Sinfonia resurrectionis
  • Suite concertante
  • Symphonic movement
  • Trittico
  • Two symphonic movements
  • Yahama concerto
  • Symphonic requiem (Band, Bass Baritone Solo)


  • Concertato (Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Wind Ensemble)
  • Concerto for bass trombone
  • Concerto for clarinet (VN41)
  • Concerto for double bass and orchestra (VN136)
  • Concerto for euphonium
  • Concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra (VN39)
  • Concerto for horn
  • Concerto for organ no.3 (VN43) (Organ, Piccolo Trumpet, Timpani)
  • Concerto for trombone and orchestra
  • Concerto for viola
  • De profundis (VN61)
  • Golden concerto (VN46) (Trumpet, 16 Winds, Percussion)

(contributed by Charles Berry <chuck_berry(at)>)

String Quartet No. 1, "Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians" and the "Heritage Encyclopedia for Band Music".


Internationally renowned composer and conductor Vaclav Nelhybel was born in Polanka, Czechoslovakia on Sept. 24, 1919. The Musical Director of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany from 1950 to 1957, Vaclav Nelhybel began his career as a conductor at Radio Prague and the City Theater of Prague, Czechoslovakia from 1939 to 1942. After World War II, he was named conductor and composer-in-residence at Swiss Radio and lecturer at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Mr. Nelhybel emigrated to the United States in 1957, and became a U.S. citizen in 1962. He lived in New York City, later moving to Ridgefield and Newtown, Connecticut, and relocated to Fleetville, Pennsylvania in 1994. Nelhybel worked as a composer, conductor, teacher and lecturer throughout the world. His work is deeply loved by students, musicians and audiences everywhere.

Mr. Nelhybel’s early education was under the guidance of the Jesuits in Prague. He studied musicology at Prague University and the University of Fribourg, and composition and conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Prague. His first composition, String Quartet No. 1, was published in 1950. Nelhybel published over 400 works, including operas and works for orchestra, band, chorus and smaller ensembles, especially wind instruments. In addition, more than 200 unpublished works in a wide variety of genres have been catalogued.

Nelhybel guest conducted such European orchestras as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra. He composed and conducted a work for chorus and symphony as part of Australia

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