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Leoš Janáček: Suite

(Arranger: Václav Talich)

  • from the opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ (Talich) (1937)
  • for orchestra
  • revised by Václav Smetácek
  • 4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, cel (+car), str
  • Duration: 16’
  • 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
  • Composer: Leoš Janáček
  • Arranger: Václav Talich
  • Adaptation: Václav Smetácek

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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 Smetá?ek 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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World première

Location:
Prag (CZ)
Date:
21.05.1937

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