Janáček is one of the great composers of the 20th century, but he was already aged 46 when
that century began. The most distinctively Czech of the Czech nationalist composers, he owes
less than Smetana and Dvořák to Western European models, and was a provincial musician
for most of his life. The 1918 Vienna production of his opera Jenůfa brought him
international fame at the age of 64; yet his finest works were still to come: the operas,
orchestral and chamber music composed during the final decade of his life. This astonishing
Indian Summer of creative activity was inspired by his love for a young married woman,
Kamila Stösslova. Our weekend will explore aspects of this rich legacy, while discussing
many of his greatest works, with illustrations on excellent hi-fi equipment including DVD
with large screen.
The Grange at Oborne is a beautiful three-star country house hotel, set within the rolling
hills of West Dorset, just one mile from the charming town of Sherborne. Formerly a manor
house, the building has undergone a transformation to a luxury country house hotel with
eighteen bedrooms and a delightful restaurant overlooking the floodlit gardens.
We will meet on Friday at 5pm and depart on Sunday afternoon. Arts in Residence and The
Grange offer an excellent cuisine including dinners with wine and a traditional Sunday lunch.