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Universal Edition - Leoš Janácek

Leoš Janácek
03.07.1854—12.08.1928

Future Performances

Jenufa
23.10.2014, Hamburg (D)
Jenufa
25.10.2014, Essen (D)
Jenufa
26.10.2014, Hamburg (D)
Jenufa
29.10.2014, Hamburg (D)
Glagolitic Mass
31.10.2014, Prag (CZ)

News

  • 03.07.2014
    Bystrouška in Hukvaldy
    Bystrouška in Hukvaldy

    What he did, what he did not do – no law governed him except his persona. His music, his ideolo [...]

  • 25.06.2014
    The Cunning Little Vixen in Vienna and Stokenchurch
    The Cunning Little Vixen in Vienna and Stokenchurch

    Emerging from the staged woodland of designer Robert Innes Hopkins into the leafy twilight with t [...]

  • 05.06.2014
    The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #3
    The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #3

    The third and final part of the Cleveland Orchestra’s production diary of Janáček’s The Cun [...]

  • 02.06.2014
    Two foxes at the pantheon of opera’s unforgettable couples: The Cunning Little Vixen
    Two foxes at the pantheon of opera’s unforgettable couples: The Cunning Little Vixen

    “I think [Franz Welser-Möst] has an emotional impact on audiences which is so immediate that t [...]

  • 21.05.2014
    Symphony guide: Janáček’s Sinfonietta
    Symphony guide: Janáček’s Sinfonietta

    “If you think that a piece that begins and ends with a phalanx of military fanfares, perf [...]

  • Universal Edition
    06.06.2012
    Max Brod’s obituary of Leoš Janáček
    Max Brod’s obituary of Leoš Janáček
    Read Max Brod's obituary of Leoš Janáček from 1928, which was reprinted in the third issue of our [...]
  • Leos Janácek
    03.07.2012
    Mark Audus on the original Brno version of Jenufa
    Mark Audus on the original Brno version of Jenufa
    Janáček’s opera Jenůfa was Janácek’s breakthrough to the international scene. Now the origin [...]
  • Leos Janacek - From the House of the Dead
    03.07.2012
    John Tyrell on Janácek's From the House of the Dead
    John Tyrell on Janácek's From the House of the Dead
    Considered the foremost Janáček expert, John Tyrrell found himself confronted with complex issues [...]
  • © Wiener Festwochen 2007
    03.07.2012
    Boulez and Chéreau on Janáček’s From the House of the Dead
    Boulez and Chéreau on Janáček’s From the House of the Dead
    It was hailed the “performance of the year” when Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau unveiled the [...]
  • Leos Janacek
    07.12.2011
    Janáček’s From the House of the Dead in Vienna
    Janáček’s From the House of the Dead in Vienna
    Peter Konwitschny’s controversial production from the Zurich Opera comes to Vienna this December. [...]
  • Jenufa at the Malmö Opera
    17.11.2011
    Jenufa in Sweden
    Jenufa in Sweden
    From 19 November Janácek’s opera can be seen at the Malmö Opera in a new production by Orpha Phe [...]
  • Leoš Janácek's Jenufa at the Opéra de Rennes
    03.11.2011
    Jenufa in the reconstructed original version
    Jenufa in the reconstructed original version
    On 4 November Opéra de Rennes shows Leoš Janácek's opera Jenufa in the original version of 1904, [...]
  • Salzburger Festspiele
    25.07.2011
    Salzburg Festival 2011
    Salzburg Festival 2011
    Gustav Mahler, whose anniversaries have been the centre of attention all this year, is also the high [...]
 

Leoš Janácek

The Composer

1854Leoš Janáček is born on 3rd July in Hukvaldy, Moravia.

1869 – Finishes school and begins to attend the Brno Teacher Training Institute.

1872 – Begins teaching, and becomes the choirmaster at the monastery where he was a chorister.

1874 – Becomes a fully qualified teacher and attends the Prague Organ School.

1877 – First piece, Exaudi, choral piece for mixed voices published.

1881 – Marries Zdenka Schulzová and is appointed the founding director of the Brno Organ School.

1882 – Daughter, Olga, born but soon afterwards separates from his wife. Begins teaching at Brno Beseda, and at the Organ School.

1884 – Janáček returns to his wife. Hudební listy is [...]

About the Music

Read Max Brod's obituary of Leoš Janáček.


Born in 1854 in North-Eastern Moravia, Leoš Janáček had an extraordinary life, marked by tragedies in his family, inspired in his late work by his love for a married woman and encouraged by success which did not come his way until his sixties.

He lost both his children: his son Vladimír at the age of two and his daughter Olga at twenty-one. His wife Zdenka tried to kill herself.

At 63, Janáček met Kamila Stösslová, a married woman and mother of two children, several decades younger than himself, and fell in love with her. It was an emotional upheaval which found expression in a range of mature works as well as in 650 letters. In [...]

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