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Janacek: Years of a Life Volume 2 (1914-1928)

John Tyrrell

The eagerly awaited second volume of the definitive biography of Leoš Janácek.

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Volume 2 opens at the the outbreak of the First World War and at the time of Janácek’s lowest ebb. Within two years, however, his fortunes were transformed by the Prague production of Jenufa This led to international fame and fortune and to the magnificent creative flowering in which the elderly composer wrote most of his best-known works. His personal life was affected by his public affair with Gabriela Horvátová and his friendship with Kamila Stösslová, whom he saw as the inspiration for many of his late works.

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Praise for Janácek: Years of Life Volume 1 (1854-1914) - The Lonely Blackbird:
'John Tyrrell's outstanding account of Janácek's early years... Bring on the second volume. I can't wait for the lonely blackbird to fly again.'

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
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A tour de force... entirely absorbing.

Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator
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John Tyrrell's superlative biography

Damian Thompson, Daily Telegraph
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This is a gripping narrative which is also a musicological monument, no reference unnoted, no source unattributed. It is beautifully produced. [....] Anyone in doubt about the power of usic to combine radical innovation with intensen expressive power should have both volumes of this outstanding biography on their shelves.

Arnold Whittall, Gramophone
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It is impossible to avoid the cliched adjective 'magisterial' when describing this book. There is no more important composer in the operatic field than Janacek, so there will be no more important book on opera than this one for the next decade or so. Even if you don't think you'll ever read all of it, make sure you ahve it on our shelf: it is not to be ignored!

David Pountney, Opera
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This book is, quite simply, the apex of all Janacek scholarship.

Gavin Plumley, Opera Now

John Tyrrell is Professor of Music at Cardiff University. His books include Czech Opera, Janácek’s Operas and editions of the memoirs of Janácek’s widow and Janácek’s correspondence with Kamila Stösslová . He is co-author of the standard catalogue of Janácek’s works and, with Sir Charles Mackerras, he edited Janácek’s opera Jenufa. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by…

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