Leos Janácek (1854--1928) is one of the few great opera composers of the twentieth century; his operas, orchestral, chamber, and vocal works are all part of the international repertory. This catalogue is by far the most comprehensive to appear in any language, with up-to-date and reliable information on all his works. Each entry provides detailed information on date of composition (and shows on what basis dating has been arrived at); source of text or
programme; performing forces; duration; manuscripts and their locations; publication (a complete listing); performances and productions; dedication; literature. A special feature is the explanation of terms which may be unfamiliar to the western reader such as 'Glagolitic', 'Varyto', 'Lachian', and 'Indian Club
Swinging'. This catalogue is also the first to include a complete, annotated list of the composer's varied and extensive writings.
`This new, much-needed Janacek catalog, superseding a number of useful if less than comprehensive previous attempts, is a remarkable piece of work and an extraordinary cooperative venture ... The three editors could hardly have been better suited to the task; each has had a very full career dedicated to the life and works of Janacek ... The wealth of information provided will serve scholars and students for years to come ... This comprehensive catalog is a
stunning piece of work that succeeds form nearly every point of view. It will stand as a monument to scholarly precision and judgment well into the new millenium.'
Jan Smaczny, Queen's University of Belfast June 1999