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Janácek Studies

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Robin Holloway, Thomas Adès, Hugh Macdonald, Geoffrey Chew, Robert Vilain, Milos Stedron, Michael Beckerman, Zdenek Skoumal, Adrienne Simpson, Nigel Simeone, Paul Wingfield
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027724

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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 his musical expressivity, narrative, and Jan^Dvacek as musical analyst and realist have hitherto received little attention, while other, more conventional topics, such as "speech melody" and Janá^Dvcek's ethnographic activities, are reappraised.

    • This is a major book devoted to Janácek's music (as opposed to popular biography)
    • It contains the publication of Janácek's analysis of Debussy's La mer
    • The book includes essays by composers, as well as by academics
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    'After reading this volume, even those sceptical about Roger Scruton's recent claim that Janácek is the greatest of all twentieth-century composers should find it more difficult to ignore his music, and the interpretative challenges it poses, than they might have done before.' Arnold Whittall, Music and Letters

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027724
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.456kg
    • contains: 7 tables 94 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Expressive sources and resources in Janácek's musical language Robin Holloway
    2. 'Nothing but pranks and puns': Janácek's solo piano music Thomas Adès
    3. Narrative in Janácek's symphonic poems Hugh Macdonald
    4. Evasive realism: narrative construction in Dostoyevsky's and Janácek's From the House of the Dead Geoffrey Chew and Robert Vilain
    5. Direct discourse and speech melody in Janácek's operas Milos Stedron
    6. Kundera's eternal present and Janácek's ancient Gypsy Michael Beckerman
    7. Janácek's folk settings and the Vixen Zdenek Skoumal
    8. Janácek's operas in Australia and New Zealand: a performance history Adrienne Simpson
    9. Janácek's Moravian publishers Nigel Simeone
    10. Janácek, musical analysis, and Debussy's 'Jeux de vagues' Paul Wingfield
    Index.

  • Editor

    Paul Wingfield, Trinity College, Cambridge

    Contributors

    Robin Holloway, Thomas Adès, Hugh Macdonald, Geoffrey Chew, Robert Vilain, Milos Stedron, Michael Beckerman, Zdenek Skoumal, Adrienne Simpson, Nigel Simeone, Paul Wingfield

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