Janacek Studies (Cambridge Composer Studies) by Paul Wingfield

By Paul Wingfield

This can be the 1st significant set of essays at the Czech composer Leos Janá^Dvcek, broadly one among an important composers of the early 20th century. The essays take care of more than a few matters in terms of opera, symphonic poem, instrumental tune, cultural context, reception, and Janá^Dvcek as song theorist and analyst. a few issues, resembling the resources of his musical expressivity, narrative, and Jan^Dvacek as musical analyst and realist have hitherto obtained little cognizance, whereas different, extra traditional themes, similar to "speech melody" and Janá^Dvcek's ethnographic actions, are reappraised.

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1 – see Simeone’s appendix on p. 181 below); a second edition – revised extensively by Václav Sˇteˇpán largely without the composer’s knowledge – was published by Hudební matice (H. M. 704) in 1924 and then reissued with further modifications by Sˇteˇpán in 1938. Moreover, the edition by Kundera and Burghauser on pp. 89–108 of the Complete Critical Edition of the piano works not only accepts Sˇteˇpán’s changes without question but also corrupts the text further, and Radoslav Kvapil (Prague: Bärenreiter Editio Supraphon, 1993; plate no.

11, 27). The menace of the magistrate (b. 15). An irruption of violence, perhaps death. The fiddler’s joy remembered. The fiddler is dying (b. 136). The child moans (bb. 128, 136). The peasants suffer (b. 129). The child’s plight. The magistrate approaches. Suggestions of former happiness. The peasants’ distress under the magistrate’s oppression. Peasants (violas) falling asleep. The old woman’s sleeping may be intended. Further reference to the child (oboe) – plaintive as before. The appearance of the fiddler, now a ghost.

He rubbed his astonished eyes, and again took fright. Neatly around the wall stood rows of horses; Some wore bells on their stirrups and harness, Some shook their heads, some pawed the ground, Raising echoes in the dark hollow passage. Beside the horses again stood a row of men, Swaying like shadows that flicker in the trees, Clothed in stillness, arrayed in a circle, Still plunged in deepest reverie. But at their feet the weapons were gone. In place of huge shields like the moon Shone ploughs, farrows in place of slings, Instead of swords could be seen Scythes, spades, flails, harrows, Hoes and sickles newly forged.

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