Universal Edition - Leoš Janácek


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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Future Performances

The Cunning Little Vixen
01.03.2015, Prag (CZ),

The Excursion of Mr. Broucek to the Moon
03.03.2015, Ostrava (CZ),

The Excursion of Mr. Broucek to the 15th Century
03.03.2015, Ostrava (CZ),

Glagolitic Mass
05.03.2015, Birmingham (GB), City of Birmingham SO

08.03.2015, Maasmechelen (B),