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Universal Edition - Leoš Janáček – Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček

Leoš Janáček
Katya Kabanova

Year of composition: 1921
Subtitle: Opera in 3 acts
Composer: Leoš Janácek
Edited by: Sir Charles Mackerras; Karl Heinz Füssl
Text Source: Russian text "Groza" or "The Thunderstorm" by Ostrovsky (1859)
Librettist: Leoš Janácek
Original Language: Tschechisch
Translator: Vincenc Cervinka; Max Brod; Reinhold Schubert; Ute Becker; Alena Wagnerová; Norman Tucker; Michel Ancey
Parts: Savjol Prokofjewitsch Dikoj, a merchant, bass
Boris Grigorjewitsch, his nephew, tenor
Marfa Ignatjewna Kabanowa (Kabanicha), a rich merchant's widow, alto
Tichon Ivanytsch Kabanoff, her son, tenor
Katherina (Katja), his wife, soprano
Wanja Kudrjasch, teacher, chemist and engineer, tenor
Barbara, foster-child in the Kabanov household, mezzo-soprano
Kuligin, friend of Kudrjasch, baritone
Glascha, female servant, mezzo-soprano
Fekluscha, female servant, mezzo-soprano
Late-night passer-by, silent
Woman from the crowd, alto
Choir: Bürger beiderlei Geschlechts
Instrumentation: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, vla.d'a, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
4th flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+cor anglais)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(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
2nd trumpet in F
3rd trumpet in F
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(2)
celesta
harp
viola d'amore
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass

Duration: 105′
 
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Katja Kabanowa

World Première

Location: Národni divadlo (National Theatre) Brno / Czech Republic
Date: 23.11.1921
Conductor: Neumann František

Work Introduction

„I feel sorry for her,” Varvara sings in the first act of Janáček’s sixth opera Katja Kabanowa. And this feeling of compassion with a psychically-tortured woman could be a motto of many of his operas. Most of Janáček’s operas deal with individuals oppressed by socially determined facts and conventions, and if they try to resist it often brings fatal consequences.

Janáček decided to musicalize The Tempest (Bouře) by Ostrovský probably around the beginning of 1919. It was not surprising that he chose a Russian theme, as Janáček was a cofounder of the Russian Circle in Brno, loved Russian culture and often found inspiration in Russian literature. As soon as the question of using a translation by Vincenc Červinka was resolved, Janáček started working. He adapted the whole drama by himself. The première of the opera took place in November 23, 1921, in the National Theatre in Brno under the baton of František Neumann. Almost one year later on November 30, 1922, Katja Kabanowa was staged in the National Theatre in Prague, conducted by Otakar Ostrčil. The success was immense, even though reviewers pointed out, that “the crucial mistake was that the opera did not have a fast flowing story”. In 1927 Janáček decided to resolve the connections of individual scenes in the first and second acts by changing the score. He added short interludes into both acts that made it possible to rebuild the scene without interrupting the music flow and thus to interconnect individual scenes. They were restored by Sir Charles Mackerras, who also put them into the newly-published score of the opera.

Katja Kabanowa represents an intimate and lyrical example of a lonely human being and a personal tragedy with no empty or pathetic gestures. It is a story which may be happening even today to our neighbours. This may be why this work still appeals to us, and thanks to its musical production it belongs among the most impressive musical tragedies the 20th century brought.

Jiří Zahrádka

Libretto – Káta Kabanová - Katja Kabanova

  • Edition type: libretto
  • Language: German; Czech
  • UE30154
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-5967-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02392-7
EUR 17,95

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Critical notes – Katja Kabanowa

  • Edition type: critical notes
  • Language: German
  • UE30532A
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1241-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06568-2
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Study score – Káta Kabanová

'There is much sadness and Slav tenderness and depth of feeling in it. May I find the right way to express it with equal intensity!' (Leoš Janácek, 1920)

  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • Language: German; Czech
  • UE35539
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7096-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08428-7
EUR 79,95

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Full score – Káta Kabanová

'There is much sadness and Slav tenderness and depth of feeling in it. May I find the right way to express it with equal intensity!' (Leoš Janácek, 1920)

  • Edition type: full score
  • Language: German; Czech
  • UE35862
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7361-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08691-5
EUR 400,00

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Piano reduction – Káta Kabanová - Katja Kabanowa

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Edition info: German translation by Max Brod, New edtion by Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Language: German; Czech
  • UE7103
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2398-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01657-8
EUR 64,95

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Libretto – Katja Kabanowa

  • Edition type: libretto
  • Language: English
  • UE7104E
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6773-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08131-6
EUR 10,50

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Download – Káta Kabanová

  • Edition type: download
  • Edition info: PDF download
  • UED3553900
EUR 74,95

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Future Performances

16.09.2017
Location: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (NZ), Orchestra: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Wyn Davies


19.09.2017
Location: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (NZ), Orchestra: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Wyn Davies


21.09.2017
Location: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (NZ), Orchestra: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Wyn Davies


23.09.2017
Location: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (NZ), Orchestra: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Wyn Davies


07.10.2017
Location: St James Theatre, Wellington (NZ), Orchestra: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Wyn Davies

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