Janacek is one of the important Czech composers, his main work being 9 operas. The bulk of his best creative work was composed in the last 15 years of his life.
Born: Leo Eugen Janáček, 3 July 1854, Hukvaldy, Moravia
Father: Jiří Janáček, schoolmaster and church organist
Mother: Amalie Janáček (neé Grulichová)
Siblings: one of 14 children
Wife: Zdenka Schulzová, his 15 year old pupil
Children: daughter Olga, died aged 20
son: Vladimir, died in infancy
Muse: Kamila Stösslová.
Died: 10 August 1928, Ostava, Czechoslovakia
Grave: Central Cemetery, Brno, Czech Republic.
The majority and the best of his creative output was in the last 15
years of his long life. This is attributed to three main causes:
- In 1916 the Prague production of his opera Jenufa brought him fame not only in his country but also internationally.
- In 1918 Czechoslovakia was founded and Janacek became a national hero and celebrity.
- In 1917, when he was 63 he became infatuated with Kamila Stösslová, a young married woman half his age. They exchanged a vast quantity of correspondence. She is credited with being his major inspiration until his death.
Answers.com several reference sites including Wikipedia
The Janacek Society (in German)
leosjanacek.co.uk By far the best web resource about Janacek and his works by UK writer and organist Gavin Plumley (currently unavailable)