Janácek Studies

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Music - 304 pages
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This book is the first major publication devoted to the music of Jancek, now widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the early twentieth century. The essays, all by leading scholars, deal with a broad range of subjects relating to opera, symphonic poem, instrumental music, cultural context and reception. Some topics, such as the sources of Jancek's musical expressivity, questions of narrative, Jancek as musical analyst and Jancek as realist, are considered seriously for the first time, whilst other more conventional topics, such as 'speech melody' and Jancek's ethnographic activities, are reappraised. A transcription of Jancek's analytical study of 'Jeux de vagues' from Debussy's La mer is published for the first time, and this document is considered in the light of Jancek's theory of music as a whole and of the reception of La mer.
 

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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
36
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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