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Leos Janácek

July 3, 1854 - August 12, 1928
born in Hukvaldy, Czech Republic, composed during the Modern period
For most of his life, Czech composer Leos Janácek (1854-1928) was an obscure church organist and choir director in the city of Brno. The success of his opera Jenufa, on which he'd labored 20 years, led to Janácek's fame and fortune. The last years of his life were studded with great compositions of startling originality: the operas Káta Kabánova, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Makropulos Case and From the House of the Dead, the Sinfonietta, Capriccio, two string quartets and piano pieces. Janácek's surprise success also led to an affair with a younger woman; Janácek died in her arms, precipitating a scandal. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis , Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Janacek: Brumes D'Enfance

Title: Kacena Divoká (The Wild Duck), Folk Song For Chorus, Jw 4/18
Title: Holubicka (The Little Dove), Song For Male Chorus, Jw 4/19/2
Title: Placici Fontana
Title: Elegie Na Smrt Dcery Olgy (Elegy On The Death Of My Daughter Olga), Cantata For Tenor, Chorus & Piano, Jw 4/30
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Vlcí Stopa (The Wolf's Trail), For Soprano, Female Chorus & Piano, Jw 4/39
Title: Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) For 9 Voices & 10 Instruments, Jw 5/17
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Track List: Janacek: Chamber Music

Disc 1
Title: Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.x.05," "From The Street, 1 October, 1905"), Jw 8/19 (Final Movement Lost)
Title: Pohádka (Fairy Tale), For Cello & Piano ("The Story Of Tsar Berendyey"), Jw 7/5
Title: Presto For Cello & Piano, Jw 7/6
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Disc 2
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Romance, For Violin & Piano In E Major, Jw 7/3
Title: Dumka, For Violin & Piano, Jw 7/4
Title: Theme And Variations For Piano In B Flat Major ("Zdenciny Variace," "Zdenka Variations"), Jw 8/6
Title: Moravian Dances (3), For Piano (Combines Jw 8/18 And Jw 8/12)
Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano, Jw 7/7
Title: Allegro For Violin & Piano (Version Of The 4th Movement Of The Violin Sonata)
Title: Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), For Piano, Jw 8/32
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Track List: Janacek: From The House Of The Dead

Disc 1
Title: From The House Of The Dead (Z Mrtvého Domu), Opera, Jw 1/11
Disc 2
Title: Mládí (Youth), Suite For Wind Sextet, Jw 7/10
Title: Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) For 9 Voices & 10 Instruments, Jw 5/17
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Track List: Janacek: Sinfonietta/Glagolitic Mass - Felicity Palmer, Malcolm King, Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonia Orchestra

Title: Sinfonietta For Orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), Jw 6/18
Title: Mass (Msa Glagolskaja) For Soloists, Double Chorus, Orchestra & Organ ("Glagolitic Mass"), Jw 3/9
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Track List: Janácek: Chamber Music & Orchestral Works

Disc 1
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: Theme And Variations For Piano In B Flat Major ("Zdenciny Variace," "Zdenka Variations"), Jw 8/6
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), For Piano, Jw 8/32
Disc 2
Title: String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer"), Jw 7/8
Title: String Quartet No. 2 ("Listy Duverné," "Intimate Letters"), Jw 7/13
Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano, Jw 7/7
Title: Dumka, For Violin & Piano, Jw 7/4
Disc 3
Title: Mládí (Youth), Suite For Wind Sextet, Jw 7/10
Title: Capriccio For Piano (left Hand), Flute & Brass Ensemble ("Vzdor," "Defiance"), JW 7/12
Title: Concertino For Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon, JW 7/11
Title: Pohádka (Fairy Tale), For Cello & Piano ("The Story Of Tsar Berendyey"), Jw 7/5
Title: Presto For Cello & Piano, Jw 7/6
Disc 4
Title: Sinfonietta For Orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), Jw 6/18
Title: Taras Bulba, Rhapsody For Orchestra, Jw 6/15
Title: Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) For Orchestra, Jw 6/17
Disc 5
Title: Suite For String Orchestra, JW 6/2
Title: Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) For 9 Voices & 10 Instruments, Jw 5/17
Title: Mass (Msa Glagolskaja) For Soloists, Double Chorus, Orchestra & Organ ("Glagolitic Mass"), Jw 3/9
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Track List: Janácek: Choruses For Male Voices

Title: Orání (Ploughing), Folk Song For Male Chorus, JW 4/1
Title: Coz Ta Nase Bríza (Our Birch Tree), Song For Chorus, JW 4/22
Title: Vínek (The Garland), Folk Song For Male Chorus, JW 4/31
Title: Perina (The Eiderdown), Folk Song For Male Chorus, JW 4/38
Title: Male-Voice Choruses (Ctverice Muzskych Sboru) (4), JW 4/17
Title: Moravian Male-Voice Choruses (Ctvero Muzských Sboru Moravských) (4), JW 4/28
Title: Kantor Halfar (Halfar The Schoolmaster), Song For Male Chorus, JW 4/33
Title: Marycka Magdónova, For Double Male Chorus, JW 4/34 (first Version)
Title: 70,000 (Sedmdesát Tisíc, The Seventy Thousand), For Soloists & Male Chorus, JW 4/36
Title: Ceská Legie (The Czech Legion), For Tenor, Bass & Male Chorus, JW 4/42
Title: Potulný Sílenec (The Wandering Madman), For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone & Male Chorus, JW 4/43
Title: Male-Voice Choruses (Tri Muzské Sbory) (3), JW 4/19
Title: Láska Opravdivá (True Love), Folk Song For Male Chorus, JW 4/8
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Track List: Janácek: Operas

Disc 1
Title: Jenufa, Opera, JW 1/4
Disc 2
Title: Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
Disc 3
Title: Jenufa, Opera, JW 1/4
Disc 4
Title: The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), Opera, JW 1/9
Title: The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)
Disc 6
Title: From The House Of The Dead (Z Mrtvého Domu), Opera, Jw 1/11
Title: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
Disc 7
Disc 8
Title: Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8
Disc 9
Title: Sinfonietta For Orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), Jw 6/18
Title: Taras Bulba, Rhapsody For Orchestra, Jw 6/15
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Track List: Janácek: Orchestral Works

Disc 1
Title: Sinfonietta For Orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), Jw 6/18
Title: Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) For Orchestra, Jw 6/17
Title: Taras Bulba, Rhapsody For Orchestra, Jw 6/15
Disc 2
Title: The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)
Title: Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
Title: From The House Of The Dead (Z Mrtvého Domu), Opera, Jw 1/11
Title: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
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Track List: Janácek: Piano Music

Title: Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.x.05," "From The Street, 1 October, 1905"), Jw 8/19 (Final Movement Lost)
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), For Piano, Jw 8/32
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Track List: Janácek: Piano Music, Vol. 1

Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.x.05," "From The Street, 1 October, 1905"), Jw 8/19 (Final Movement Lost)
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Track List: Janácek: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Title: Theme And Variations For Piano In B Flat Major ("Zdenciny Variace," "Zdenka Variations"), Jw 8/6
Title: Moravian Dances (3), For Piano (Combines Jw 8/18 And Jw 8/12)
Title: Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), For Piano, Jw 8/32
Title: Music for Club-swinging Exercises (Hudba ke krouzení Kuzely), for piano, JW 8/13
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Concertino For Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon, JW 7/11
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Track List: Janácek: Piano Works (Complete)

Disc 1
Title: Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.x.05," "From The Street, 1 October, 1905"), Jw 8/19 (Final Movement Lost)
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Disc 2
Title: Theme And Variations For Piano In B Flat Major ("Zdenciny Variace," "Zdenka Variations"), Jw 8/6
Title: In Memoriam (Na památku), for piano (Intimate Sketches No. 10), JW 8/9
Title: Ej, danaj! dance for piano, JW 8/12
Title: Music for Club-swinging Exercises (Hudba ke krouzení Kuzely), for piano, JW 8/13
Title: Elegie Na Smrt Dcery Olgy (Elegy On The Death Of My Daughter Olga), Cantata For Tenor, Chorus & Piano, Jw 4/30
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: Work(s)
Title: Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs (Moravská lidová poezie v písních), folk songs (53) for voice & piano, JW 5/2
Title: Work(s)
Title: Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano
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Track List: Janácek: Taras Bulba

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Track List: Leos Janácek: Piano Works; Solo Piano; Concertino And Capriccio

Disc 1
Title: Theme And Variations For Piano In B Flat Major ("Zdenciny Variace," "Zdenka Variations"), Jw 8/6
Title: On The Overgrown Path (Po Zarostlém Chodnícku), For Piano, Jw 8/17
Title: Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), For Piano, Jw 8/32
Disc 2
Title: Piano Sonata ("Zulice, 1.x.05," "From The Street, 1 October, 1905"), Jw 8/19 (Final Movement Lost)
Title: In The Mists (V Mlhách), Pieces (4) For Piano, Jw 8/22
Title: Concertino For Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon, JW 7/11
Title: Capriccio For Piano (left Hand), Flute & Brass Ensemble ("Vzdor," "Defiance"), JW 7/12

Comments

KECÁNAJ SOEL
LEOS JANÁCEK
Awesomesauce
Love this!!
Haruki Murakami brought me here.
Listen to my Elf-Rune radio
Janacek gave up composing for an extended period until he met the love of his life; then hang on your hats: he went bananas, producing some of his greatest music. Love conquers all!
lkgrebnel
. . . pronounced < Yah nah' chic
hpahs.7
Don't read this because it really works. U will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if u don't post this u will die in two days. Now u have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary b/c it works.
Nice music!
merrysea5
the bad Czech
So unique. I love it!
Gets me each and everytime. (Cee Rex)
Splendid!
Janacek is one of the most varied composers you will fing. His earlier works are Romantic and he slid into a fantastic combination of the tonal and atonal, blended with folk themes.
hcarey5129
was his music used on Hitchcock's "Vertigo"?
Liked what I heard from him on Pandora. Fascinating biography here. Good stuff, inspiring.
i luv anything and everything by JANACEK and i am a KRAUT
very nice!!!
felliax
5 stars. :)
a precursor to minimalism? I'm Czech and I love it!
I absolutely love it!

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