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Janacek, Leos

Janacek, Leos


Leos Janacek (1854-1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist and music teacher of the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

Leos Janacek had a keen interest in Moravian and other Slavic folk music and folk art, which he used as the main inspiration for his own original and modern music style.

Until 1895, Leos Janacek devoted himself to a systematic collection of folk materials, first in his native Lachei region and then in other districts of the Moravian land.

Janacek's early musical compositions were influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvorák.

Janacek's later and mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern and very personal synthesis.

The first work to convey Janacek new and personal style is the opera Jenufa, which was premiered in 1904 in Brno.

The success of Jenufa (often called the Moravian national opera) at Prague in 1916 gave Janácek access to the world's great opera houses.

Janácek's later works are his most famous: the symphonic poem Sinfonietta, the oratorio Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba, two string quartets, other chamber works and operas.

Along with Antonín Dvorák and Bedrich Smetana, Janacek is considered one of the most important Czech composers.

Works by Janacek, Leos

CatalogueTitleComposed/PublishedOriginal Instrumentation
JW VIII/10 Narodni tance na Morave 1888-1889Piano

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