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Austrian music critic and librettist of Czech descent. After studying and working in Prague, he moved to Vienna in 1908, where he worked as librettist, editor, and music critic, notably with the Wiener Fremdenblatt (a copy of his article on Massenet in which survives in Schenker's papers (OC C/373), and a concert review (OC, 2/p.22). He also taught history of opera at the Vienna Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst (= Conservatory) 1909-14. His numerous book publications include Aus der Opernwelt: Prager Kritiken und Skizzen (Munich, 1907) and Allgemeine Geschichte der Musik (Stuttgart, 1909-15).

No correspondence between Batka and Schenker is known to survive.

Sources:

  • NGDM
  • Tittel, Ernst, Die Wiener Musik Hochschule (Vienna: Lafite, 1967)

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