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This monograph focuses on the mutual relationship of Leoš Janáček and the National Theatre in Brno, the most important theatrical institution in Moravia. The relationship was longstanding, multi-faceted and far from simple. As a trustee of the Czech National Theatre in Brno, Janáček was part of the organizational structure (called Družstvo/Collective) from the start, attemtpting to realize his vision of how this institution should operate. Detailed discussions of the productions of Janáček´s works on the Brno stage and the circumstances during his lifetime constitute the core of the book. Attention is also paid to Janáček as an ardent theatre-goer as well as to the memorial ceremony in the foyer of the City Theatre on 15 August 1928, after his death. In documenting the acitivities of the National Theatre in Brno in the period, the monograph documents the turbulent times connected with the building of the new Czech theatre house, with the establishment of the new ensamble and the transferal of the German Municipal Theatre to the Czech company ater the coup d´étât of 1918.
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