Leoš Janáček: Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Leoš Janáček Jenufa, her Stepdaughter
Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Leoš Janáček: Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Year of composition:
1894-1903/1908
Subtitle:
Opera in 3 acts from Moravian peasant life
Version:
Brno version, critical edition
Composer:
Leoš Janáček
Editor:
John Tyrrell (1996); Sir Charles Mackerras (1996)
Original language:
Czech
Translator:
Vida Harford (21.11.1950); Otakar Kraus (01.12.1956); Max Brod (1917); Edward Downes (01.12.1956)
Librettist:
Gabriela Preissová
Roles:
Grandmother Buryja, alto Kostelnicka Buryja, soprano Jenufa, soprano Laca Klemen, tenor Steva Buryja, tenor Foreman, baritone The Mayor, bass His Wife, mezzo-soprano Karolka, mezzo-soprano Herdswoman, mezzo-soprano Barena, soprano Jano, soprano Aunt, alto
Choir:
SATTBB: Dorfvolk, Rekruten, Musikanten, Gesinde, Dorfmädchen
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), bells, hp, str - stage music: hn(2), toy tpt, xyl, bells, str(1 1 1 1 1)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo (+3rd fl)
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
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))
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion (2 players: xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, triangle, cymbal (suspended)
also xylophone cont.aind the scene)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
stage music: 1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
toy trumpet in C
bells
violin I(1)
violin II(1)
viola(1)
violoncello(1)
contrabass(1)
Table of contents:
Preface
Chronology and sources
Vorwort
Chronologie und Quellen
I. Akt / Act I (Szene / Scene I-VII)
II. Akt / Act II (Szene / Scene I-VIII)
III. Akt / Act III (Szene / Scene I-XII)
Scenery:
2
Duration:
120’
Dedication:
im Angedenken an Olga Janácková
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Work introduction

With his third opera Jenůfa Leoš Janáček succeeded in making his breakthrough as an operatic composer. Since the premiere of this moving story about the fate of the sexton and her stepdaughter Jenůfa at the Brno National Theatre in 1904, it has become one of the composer’s most frequently performed works. Janáček was the first to succeed in transforming everyday speech directly into music. His method of using speech-melodic motives is clearly distinctive. It is known that the composer preserved everyday conversations in the form of little musical sketches: ‘Jotting down genuine speech melody is, as it were, music’s life class,’ he said.

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Next performances

23 Oct

Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Kungliga Operan, Stockholm (SE)

25 Oct

Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Kungliga Operan, Stockholm (SE)

30 Oct

Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Kungliga Operan, Stockholm (SE)

01 Dec

Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Nationaltheater, Prag (CZ)

15 Dec

Jenufa, her Stepdaughter

Nationaltheater, Prag (CZ)

World première

Location:
Brno
Date:
21.01.1904
Orchestra:
Orchestra of the National Theatre of Brno
Conductor:
Metodej Hrazdira Cyril

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