Live, Love, Liška Bystrouška: Themes and Influences in Janáček’s Work (Update 5)

This past week, I have been looking into the social, cultural, and political ideas and inspirations behind Janáček’s creation of The Cunning Little Vixen. I mainly studied the general timeline of the creation, the influence of specific people, and overarching themes of nature and reality throughout the opera. Along the way, I also was able […]

Window into the Czech Soul: Moravian Dialect and Janáček’s Speech Melodies (Update 4)

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Over the last week, I have been looking into Janáček’s use of the Moravian dialect of Czech in his vocal works, including operas, and his creation and study of what he called “speech melodies.” I had previously done general research on these topics in order to have a bit of background knowledge, but this week […]

Naturalism, Nostalgia, and Nationalism: Janáček and Moravian Folk Settings (Update 3)

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This past week and a half, I’ve been focusing mainly on Moravian folk settings and Janáček’s use of them in his music. This research/reading has been mostly in a general sense, as there are limited sources that focus specifically on Moravian folk settings in the opera The Cunning Little Vixen. I started by finding examples […]