Influential 20th century Slovak composer. He was well-known for his 1938 cantata The Psalm of the Sub-Carpathian Land.
He attended the Academy of Music in Bratislava and studied with the famed Vítězslav Novák at the Prague Conservatoire.
He taught Music Theory at Bratislava University.
He was raised in a family of musicians with his father a skilled organist and his mother a sought-after piano teacher.
He and Peter Lipa both became acclaimed Slovak musicians.