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“The Humble Czech Man”: Czech National Identity in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Project Summary)

By • Aug 26th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“My latest creative period is a new jet from my soul which has made its peace with the world and seeks only to be near the humble Czech man.” Leoš Janáček   Composer Leoš Janáček makes a reference to the “humble Czech man,” but what man is he referring to? Is the humble Czech man […]

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Revising my Final Paper (Update 7)

By • Aug 24th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have now finished my first draft of my final paper and received feedback from my research advisor! All that I have left to do for the final product is to edit the draft according to my advisor’s notes. In addition to the various grammatical edits and suggestions, he suggested the following overarching ideas for […]

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Outline of the Final Product (Update 6)

By • Aug 13th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I have compiled all of my section outlines together and edited them in order to create a large outline for my entire paper. This paper is divided into 5 main sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Themes and Influences; (3) Language and Speech Melody; (4) Moravian Folk Settings; and (5) […]

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Live, Love, Liška Bystrouška: Themes and Influences in Janáček’s Work (Update 5)

By • Aug 12th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week, I have been looking into the social, cultural, and political ideas and inspirations behind Janáček’s creation of The Cunning Little Vixen. I mainly studied the general timeline of the creation, the influence of specific people, and overarching themes of nature and reality throughout the opera. Along the way, I also was able […]

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Window into the Czech Soul: Moravian Dialect and Janáček’s Speech Melodies (Update 4)

By • Aug 5th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Over the last week, I have been looking into Janáček’s use of the Moravian dialect of Czech in his vocal works, including operas, and his creation and study of what he called “speech melodies.” I had previously done general research on these topics in order to have a bit of background knowledge, but this week […]

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Naturalism, Nostalgia, and Nationalism: Janáček and Moravian Folk Settings (Update 3)

By • Jul 24th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week and a half, I’ve been focusing mainly on Moravian folk settings and Janáček’s use of them in his music. This research/reading has been mostly in a general sense, as there are limited sources that focus specifically on Moravian folk settings in the opera The Cunning Little Vixen. I started by finding examples […]

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Příhody lišky Bystroušky: Getting to Know the Opera (Update 2)

By • Jul 11th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week I’ve been studying the opera and a little bit of the background behind it. I started the week by researching general information on the differences between Bohemia and Moravia. These regions of the Czech Republic became officially joined together in 1918, with their independence from Austria-Hungary and the subsequent formation of the […]

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Modernism and Czech National Music: Update 1

By • Jul 4th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

The National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague Now that I am settled in at William & Mary, I am ready to work on the bulk of my research project. I just recently got back from a 5-week summer study abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic! While I was there, I took classes, got to know the […]

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Abstract: Czech National Identity in Janáček’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”

By • Apr 16th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Leos Janáček’s opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, is an example of the construction of national identity in Czech music, language, and culture through the use of Moravian folk music, Modernist language ideologies, and innovative musical techniques. The Cunning Little Vixen was composed between 1921-1923. The libretto for the opera is based on a story written by […]

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Coming and Going: A Summary of my Research on Medieval Music

By • Aug 13th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Overall, my research ended up taking about 100 hours to complete, including the initial reading and writing the paper. The paper, itself, was much longer than I imagined it would be, at a length of about 28 pages. I ended up only analyzing three of the four pieces that I previously listed. I cut the […]

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