Janácek’s ‘Cunning Little Vixen

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sarah B. Dorsey, Head of the Harold Schiffman Music Library (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The composer Leos Janácek was purely and proudly a product of his unique world. He was wholly Moravian; his life and his music point to this cultural origin. Janácek's love of his homeland was not only a political one, but also involved a deep appreciation of the natural world in which he lived. He was raised in rural Czechoslovakia where life was simple and close to the land. This paper will elaborate on these points - tell you a little of Janácek's country, his life, and his work - and then discuss one of his operas: The Cunning Little Vixen. Although there is no typical Janácek piece, in some ways this opera is a summation of his life and his work. In the context of an extraordinary late-life productivity, this work is not only a lovely piece of music, but one which meant so much to the composer he requested that the conclusion be played at his own funeral.

Additional Information

Opera Journal
Language: English
Date: 1996
Leos Janacek, opera, music, biography

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