Leoš Janáček: Suite (Arranger: Václav Talich)

Leoš Janáček Suite
Suite

Leoš Janáček: Suite (Arranger: Václav Talich)

Year of composition:
1937
Subtitle:
from the opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ (Talich)
Version:
revised by Václav Smetácek
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Leoš Janáček
Arranger:
Václav Talich
Adaptation:
Václav Smetácek (1965)
Instrumentation:
4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel (+car), str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (1st picc)
4th flute (2nd picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+cor anglais)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
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 C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
celesta (+carillon)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
16’
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Work introduction

The conductor Václav Talich transformed the music of Act One of The Cunning Little Vixen into a suite for orchestra in 1937, to bring the opera’s unique atmosphere into the concert hall. His fellow conductor Václav Smetáček undertook a reworking of the arrangement in 1965.

The two movements, played without a break, correspond to the act’s two scenes. The first scene is about the forest, fauna and nature, disrupted by the forester who captures the vixen Sharp-Ears, while the second scene unfolds on the forester’s farm, where nature domesticated long ago encounters the feral; the captured vixen gives the resident dachshund the cold shoulder, kills the chickens – and flees.

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Suite

Leoš Janáček: Suite

score
for orchestra , 16’
Instr.: 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel (+car), str

World première

Location:
Prag (CZ)
Date:
21.05.1937

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