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Janάček: Years of a life. Volume 2, (1914-1928) Tsar of the forests

Tyrrell, John 2007. Janάček: Years of a life. Volume 2, (1914-1928) Tsar of the forests. London: Faber and Faber.

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John Tyrrell’s biography of the Czech composer Leos Janacek is the culmination of a life’s work in the field. It stands upon his existing documentary studies of Janacek’s operas and translations of other key sources and his examination of thousands of still unpublished letters and other documents in the Janacek archive in Brno. Altogether it provides the most detailed account of Janacek’s life in any language and offers new views of Janacek as composer, writer, thinker and human being. Volume 2 ( Tsar of the Forests ) opens at the outbreak of the First World War and at the time of Janacek’s lowest ebb. Within two years, however, his fortunes were transformed by the Prague production of Jenufa . This led to international fame and fortune and to the magnificent creative flowering in which the elderly composer wrote most of his best-known works. His personal life was affected by his public affair with Gabriela Horvatova and his friendship with Kamila Stosslova, whom he saw as the inspirer of many of his late works. Contextual chapters examine aspects of Janacek’s operas and continue other topics explored in volume 1 including discussions of Janacek’s health by Dr Stephen Lock and Janacek’s finances by Dr Jiri Zahradka.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 9780571236671
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