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Leoš Janáček Leoš Janáček
1854 - 1928 CZ 1*
Born: 3/07/1854, Hukvaldy CZ
Died: 12/08/1928, Ostrava CZ
Janácek's first mature opera (Jenufa) blended folksong-like melodies and an emphasis on natural speech-rhythms à la Mussorgsky with a character-driven plot of some intensity; his later works became increasingly terse, with recurrent melodic fragments, lyrical outbursts and unconventional orchestration serving a diverse collection of source-material - just a few bars of these operas can instantly be identified as his.
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