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Janáčeks Eternal Love George M. Cummins III

Janáčeks Eternal Love

George M. Cummins III

Published April 28th 2015
ISBN : 9781491758120
560 pages
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In the last decade of his life, starting when he was a sixty-two-year old curmudgeon in a backwater Slavic country, Czech composer Leoš Janácek produced operas and chamber music that would stun the music world, one masterpiece on top of another.In... MoreIn the last decade of his life, starting when he was a sixty-two-year old curmudgeon in a backwater Slavic country, Czech composer Leoš Janácek produced operas and chamber music that would stun the music world, one masterpiece on top of another.In Janácek’s Eternal Love, author George M. Cummins III presents a biography focusing on the life of Janácek (1854-1928) based on original Czech sources, with special attention to detailed analysis of the last four operas and biographical focus on the composer’s relationship with his muse, Kamila Stösslová. In 1916, Janácek was known only as a local ethnographer specializing in folk music, but he acquired international fame with the operas and chamber pieces he composed after the age of sixty-two until his death at seventy-four.Cummins—with both a personal and scholarly knowledge of Czech language, history, and culture—narrates a personal biography that includes detailed, insightful descriptions of Janácek’s compositions.