series C / volume 4
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The mixed choruses were composed between 1877 and 1899 as commissioned works, contributions to competitions or free works for a singers associations. Mixed choruses were composed in the course of years when Janáček worked as a choirmaster of two important Brno singing societies - first in Svatopluk and later in Beseda brněnská. Choir singing belonged to his prefered spheres and he continued the tradition of Moravian choir composers of Křížkovský's type.
Janáček-composer firstly presented himself by male choruses designed for performances in the Svatopluk association and by liturgical compositions for mixed choir with the organ accompaniment to be used in churches. The first occasion for the composition of a secular piece for male and female voices occurred in 1877 when the construction of a new building for Teachers' Institute in Old Brno was started. This was the occasion when Janáček composed Slavnostní sbor (Song of Celebration) - first from the serie of mixed choruses presented here as a volume of the critical editions of Janáček's works.
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