Leoš Janácek and
Moravian Folk Music
was born in Hukvaldy, Moravia in 1854 and died in Ostrava in 1928.
He was a Czech composer, conductor and organist, whose early works
did not meet with much success.
had an interest in Moravian folk music and he spent time editing
and performing them. Some big events in his life included his creation
of the Brno Organ School in 1881 and his opera Jenufa, which was
performed in Brno in 1904.
marked the beginning of Janácek’s individual music
style. His striking orchestration
often used instruments in their extreme ranges
and he was quite innovative in his use of melodic fragments.
wrote works for operas, orchestra (also chorus and orchestra), chamber
piano, and solo voice. He was quite prolific.
music has, for the most part, a modern twentieth century sound,
even though be was born in the mid part of the nineteenth century.