Janacek: Years of a Life: (1854-1914) The Lonely Blackbird v. 1 (Hardback)

by John Tyrrell

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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documentary studies of Janacek's operas and translations of other key sources and his examination of thousands of still unpublished letters and other documents in the Janacek archive in Brno.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 1, which goes up to the outbreak of the First World War and Janacek's sixtieth birthday in the summer of 1914, consists of chronological chapters providing a straightforward account of Janacek's life year by year and another forty contextual chapters. The topics include on-going sequences and individual chapters on Janacek as a teacher, as a theorist, as an music ethnographer, on his speech-melody theory, his relationship to particularly influential operas, on his mentors (such as Antonin Dvoak) and his betes noires. A particular feature are the specially commissioned chapters on Janacek's health by Dr. Stephen Lock, and on Janacek's earnings and finances by Dr. Jiri Zahradka.

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