Janácek Studies

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Music - 304 pages
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This is the first major set of essays on the Czech composer Leos Janá^Dvcek, widely considered one of the most important composers of the early twentieth century. The essays deal with a range of subjects relating to opera, symphonic poem, instrumental music, cultural context, reception, and Janá^Dvcek as music theorist and analyst. Some topics, such as the sources of Janá^Dvcek's musical expressivity, narrative, Janá^Dvcek as musical analyst and realist have hitherto received little attention, whilst other, more conventional topics, such as 'speech melody' and Janá^Dvcek's ethnographic activities, are reappraised.
  

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Expressive sources and resources in Janáčeks musical language
1
Nothing but pranks and punsJanáčeks solo piano music
18
Narrative in Janáčeks symphonic poems hugh macdonald
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Evasive realismnarrative construction in Dostoyevskys and Janáčeks From the House of the Dead
56
Direct discourse and speech melody in Janáčeks operas
79
Kunderas eternal present and Janáčeks ancient Gypsy
109
Janáčeks folk settings and the Vixen
127
Janáčeks operas in Australia and New Zealand a performance history
148
Janáčeks Moravian publishers
170
Janáčeksmusical analysisand Debussys Jeux de vagues
183
Index
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