Leoš Janáček’s ‘Sinfonietta’ Sounds Like Teen Spirit
Fran Hoepfner
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Janacek is some kind of invisible giant: check out his Glagolitic Mass, or his opera The Makropulos Affair. Its music follows the rhythms of speech, instead of imposing the patterns music on the language. It’s as if Messiaen, instead of transcribing birdsong, had tried to capture the music inherent in human language.

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