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  1. Blog
    It's commonly believed that the inspiration for Janacek's 'On an Overgrown Path' was Dvorak’s Cypresses cycle and that the work is partly autobiographical in nature. Janacek explained that he was “walking along an overgrown path of old memories.” when he wrote these character pieces. The...
  2. Blog
    Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata", was written in a very short space of time, between 13 and 28 October 1923 and was revised by the composer from 30 October to 7 November 1923. The composition was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata. (The novella was in turn...
  3. Blog
    A live recording from Chamberfest Cleveland to warm you up.... Here's a bunch of Janacek 2 recordings I've been listening to over the past 6 months. There are lots of recordings and a high majority are at least recommendable so I've gone with the very best here (there are other very decent...
  4. Music Theory
    Can someone point me in the right direction for understanding Janacek's harmonic world. Is it modal? chromatic? I know he uses a lot of simple folk melodies but he harmonizes them with such a unique sound.
  5. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    New thread to discuss the Operatic audio discography of Leoš Janáček (1854-1928). Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style [Sehnal and Vysloužil (2001), p.175 (in...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, I had a search and nothing jumped out at me. Could someone recommend some good recordings of these quartets? I heard them on Youtube performed by the Janacek Quartet, see below, but this recording seem to be very difficult to get so some alternatives would be...
  7. Opera
    So I think: Mozart should have composed Don Quixote and Candide Verdi: Hamlet and The Robbers Berlioz: Faust II Britten: The Picture of Dorian Gray Debussy: Phèdre Janacek: Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment Poulenc: Madame Bovary Schoeneberg: anything by Kafka
  8. Religious Music
    My favourite Mass. I got how to talk to God in it. I wonder what believers think of it... How do you like it, guys?
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