Oskar Nedbal. Photo, 1910.
Nedbal, Oskar, b. Tábor (Czech Republic), March 26, 1874, d. Zagreb, Croatia (then Agram), Dec. 24, 1930 (suicide), conductor and composer. Conducted the Bohemian Philharmonic in Prague 1896-1906, founded the Wiener Tonkünstlerorchester in 1906, its director until 1919, temporarily kapellmeister at the Volksoper in Vienna, after that a guest conductor abroad. His greatest success as a composer was with his operettas. His operetta "Polenblatt" (1913) was performed in Vienna 3376 times from its première until 1926.
Other works: Der faule Hans (ballet pantomime), 1902; Der Bauer Jakob (comic opera), 1922. - Operettas: Die Winzerbraut, 1916; Die schöne Saskia, 1917; Eriwan, 1918; Donna Gloria, 1926. - Chamber and orchestral music; lieder.