The Janácek  Compendium
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300 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

21 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Janácek Compendium

by Nigel Simeone

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Leos Janácek (1854-1928) occupied a pre-eminent position in Moravian (and wider Czech) culture, not only as a composer but also as a folksong collector, journalist, educator and nationalist.

One of the greatest and most original composers of the early twentieth century, Leos Janácek (1854-1928) occupied a pre-eminent position in Moravian culture, not only as a composer but also as a folksong collector, journalist, educator and nationalist. His friends and associates included artists, writers, ethnographers and politicians, as well as conductors, singers and instrumentalists. Janácek's many pupils included the conductor Bretislav Bakala and thecomposer Pavel Haas. He had important associations with publishers in Vienna and Prague and with the earliest years of Czech Radio. Janácek was strongly attached to particular places - Hukvaldy, Brno, Luhacovice - and had professional links with Prague, Berlin, London and beyond. The Janácek Compendium includes nearly 300 entries on every aspect of Janácek's life and works, with detailed notes on all his significant compositions - above all the operas - providing the latest information to emerge about some of his most famous pieces. An extensive bibliography supports the entries, which are cross-referenced to enable wider exploration of particular topics.

NIGELSIMEONE is a widely respected writer and lecturer on music, with a lifelong interest in Czech music. His books include Janacek's Works (Oxford University Press, 1997, co-authored with John Tyrrell and Alena Nemcová), TheLeonard Bernstein Letters (Yale University Press, 2013), and Charles Mackerras (Boydell Press, 2015, co-edited with John Tyrrell). He is a regular broadcaster on BBC radio.
Introduction
Biography
Dictionary
Works
Bibiliography

NIGEL SIMEONE is a music scholar, writer and broadcaster specializing in twentieth-century music. He is the author of numerous books. For the Boydell Press he is the co-author with John Tyrell of Charles Mackerras (2015) and the author of The Janáček Compendium (2019).

"The Compendium is well written, authoritative, and interesting enough to be read cover-to-cover or in large chunks, though most people will delve into it as fancy dictates. For scholars writing an article or paper on the composer it should be invaluable. . . . [It] is a sturdy hardbound, designed to be opened frequently. Its high quality pages are full of clean print, little white space, and 21 black-and-white pictures. It's a treasure trove of Leos Janácek and Czech music in general." Roger Hecht, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"An encyclopedia of its subject...cover[ing] Janacek's works, his colleagues and main interpreters.his family members and further significant others, places important to his life or career, and contemporary organizations that performed his works...the operas themselves are dealt with generously and with a clarity of approach that in each case explains their origins." OPERA MAGAZINE
"Simeone offers an excellent guide to specific works and other aspects of Janácek's career as a conductor, ethnographer, and teacher. . . . Anglophones will consider this the standard English-language resource for Janácek studies; specialists, however, will also find the German-language online encyclopedia Leos Janácek (www.leos-janacek.org) extremely useful. . . . Highly recommended." CHOICE
"Omits little or nothing that even the most demanding seeker for information and opinion about Janácek could expect to find." GRAMOPHONE
"This Compendium represents a book that has been conspicuously absent from the Janácek literature. It is quick and straightforward to find all of the important information on Janácek's life and works, including key personalities and editions. Everything essential is here, supported by an admirably thorough and up-to-date bibliography. As always, Nigel Simeone's work is of the highest quality, and this publication is a must for all musicologists, opera lovers and admirers of Janácek's extraordinary music. Dr Jirí Zahrádka, Curator of the Janácek Archive, Brno," Czech Republic

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Title Details

300 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

21 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press