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Universal Edition - Leoš Janáček – The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček

Leoš Janáček
The Cunning Little Vixen

Year of composition: 1924
Subtitle: Opera in 3 acts
Version: revised version by Jirí Zahrádka
Composer: Leoš Janácek
Edited by: Jirí Zahrádka
Text Source: ‘Liška Bystrouška’
Librettist: Leoš Janácek
Original Language: Tschechisch
Translator: Max Brod; Norman Tucker
Parts: Gamekeeper, baritone
Gamekeeper's wife, alto
Schoolmaster, tenor
Parson, bass
Harašta, a poultry dealer, bass
Pásek, an innkeeper, chorus tenor
Mrs Pásek, his wife, chorus soprano
Pepík, the Gamekeeper's grandson, chorus soprano
Frantík, his friend, chorus soprano
Young Vixen Bystouška, child soprano
Vixen Bystouška, soprano
Fox, soprano
Cricket, Grasshopper, Young Frog, children's voices (soprano)
Mosquito, tenor
Lapák, dog, mezzo-soprano
Cock, soprano
Chocholka, a hen, soprano
Badger, bass
Woodpecker, alto
Owl, alto
Jay, soprano
Squirrels, Hedgehog, a Young Vixen, Forest Creatures
Choir: Hennen, Waldgetier, Frauenchor (SA)
Stimmen des Waldes, gemischer Chor (SAATTBB)
Fuchskinder, (Kinder)chor
Blaue Libelle, Fliegen, Füchslein Schlau
Instrumentation: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+2nd picc)
4th flute (+1st picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in F (+tpt(C))
2nd trumpet in F (+tpt(C))
3rd trumpet in F (+tpt(C))
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(2)
harp
celesta
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of Contents:
Uvod / Vorwort / Preface
Sources
Jednàni I / Akt I / Act I
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Jednàni II / Akt II / Act II
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Jednàni II / Akt II / Act II
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Promena / Verwandlung / Scene change
Duration: 110′
 
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World Première

Location: Nationaltheater Brno / Czech Republic
Date: 06.11.2008
Orchestra: Orchester des Nationaltheaters Brünn
Conductor: Tomáš Hanus

Work Introduction

This edition of Das schlaue Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen) has been made by comparing all the relevant surviving sources and establishing a version of the work that comes nearest to the composer’s intention.

The new edition, which was edited by Jiří Zahrádka, is thus based above all on of the version given at the premiere in Brno in 1924, including František Neumann’s (the conductor) fully elaborated, detailed dynamics. In cases where several minor changes in the Prague version appear to be justified, they were considered in the new edition. The New Critical Edition of the opera includes the full score, the complete orchestra material, as well as the piano vocal score and choir score. 

The tale of the free-thinking and crafty vixen Bystrouška goes back to the 1890s. In the beginning were the tiny sketches of the painter and forester Stanislav Lolek (1873–1936), a distinguished landscape artist. The story of Bystrouška was serialized in Lidové noviny from 7 April to 23 June 1920 and had a huge success. The merry and immediately accessible drawings with a witty and topical text found a readership throughout the entire social spectrum. It is certainly true that Janáček began considering composing an opera on this theme since he acquired cuttings of all the episodes in Lidové noviny. And in fact, as soon as Janáček completed the work on Katja Kabanowa he immediately started on Das schlaue Füchslein. The dates on the autograph show that he began composition as early as January 1922. The author of the literary model Těsnohlídek got the news only indirectly that Janáček wanted to compose an opera on his text. The composer himself invited him to come and see him at the time when he was already working on the opera.

Meanwhile Janáček composed, and started out on his study of nature to a whole series of bird notations – of thrushes, sparrows, finches and blackbirds. He wrote down notations for doves, a little toad, and a frog with the instrumental comment ‘like a xylophone’. He also noticed animals and took down in his notebook his impressions of walks in the game reserve, where the forester even tracked down a vixen’s den with young so that the composer could observe and study them. No wonder that several of Janáček’s newspaper reviews in Lidové noviny in the years 1921– 1922 had animal motifs.

Meanwhile frantic negotiations broke out over who would publish the composer’s latest work. As in the case of Jenůfa, Die Ausflüge des Herrn Brouček and Katja Kabanowa, interest was shown essentially by two publishers: Hudební matice in Prague and Universal Edition in Vienna. The first to approach the composer was Hudební matice, but, as before, Janáček used this offer rather as a tactic to firm up his dealings with Universal Edition. The contract with Universal Edition was signed between March and April 1924.

The celebrated world premiere of the opera Příhody lišky Bystroušky (Die Abenteuer des Füchsleins Schlaukopf) took place in the Brno theatre Na Hradbách on 6 November 1924. The reception was tremendous and the composer himself was happy with the staging by Ota Zítek and the set design by Eduard Milén (who also designed the cover of the piano vocal score).

The composer himself characterized the opera as a forest idyll, one that would awaken the notion of the unity of life – both human and animal.

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Piano reduction – The Cunning Little Vixen

This sheet music edition comprises the piano reduction of Janácek's "The Cunning Little Vixen" including performance suggestions and lyrics in English, Czech and German language.

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: German; English; Czech
  • UE33550
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6843-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08190-3
EUR 77,50

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Study score – The Cunning Little Vixen

  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • Language: German; English; Czech
  • UE34126
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6763-0
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08123-1
EUR 97,50

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Full score – The Cunning Little Vixen

  • Edition type: full score
  • Edition info: Based on the critical edition by Jirí Zahrádka.
  • Language: German; English; Czech
  • UE35863
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7426-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08755-4
EUR 450,00

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Future Performances

23.09.2017
Location: Severance Hall, Cleveland (USA), Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst


24.09.2017
Location: Severance Hall, Cleveland (USA), Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst


26.09.2017
Location: Severance Hall, Cleveland (USA), Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst


28.10.2017
Location: Nationaltheater, Prag (CZ), Orchestra: Orchester des Nationaltheaters , Conductor: Robert Jindra


05.11.2017
Location: Nationaltheater, Prag (CZ), Orchestra: Orchester des Nationaltheaters , Conductor: Robert Jindra

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