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Title:
My life with Janáček : the memoirs of Zdenka Janáčková
Author:
Janáčková, Zdenka.
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Publication Information:
London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1998.
Physical Description:
xviii, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780571175406
Format :
Book

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Central Library ML410.J18 J35 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Zdenka Janackova's memoirs, published in this book, were considered too personal for publication at the time of her death in 1937. She tells the tale of her extraordinary life with the Czech composer, Leos Janacek, from her years as his young piano pupil to his sudden death at the age of 74. Her story provides firsthand account of Janacek's day-to-day life, and the many dramatic revelations include an account of his tempestuous affair with the singer Gabriela Horvatova, Zdenka's subsequent suicide attempt, and her strange "divorce" from her husband (they continued to live together until his death). Among other striking passages are a harrowing description of the long illness and painful death of their daughter Olga, and a forthright account of Janacek's increasing infatuation during his late years with his "muse", Kamila Stosslova, and of the events surrounding his death.


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