The Sinfonietta (subtitled “Military Sinfonietta” or “Sokol Festival”) is a late work for large orchestra (of which 25 are brass players) by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. It is dedicated “To the Czechoslovak Army” and Janáček said it was intended to express “contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory.” It started by Janáček listening to a brass band, becoming inspired to write some fanfares of his own. When the organisers of the Sokol Gymnastic Festival approached him for a commission, he developed the material into the Sinfonietta. He later dropped the word military. The first performance was in Prague on 26 June 1926 under Václav Talich.
The typical performance duration is 20–25 minutes.
Performances & Interviews
- Leoš Janáček: Sinfoniettahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt7m.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt7m.jpg2017-07-01T12:21:00.000ZBuilding a Library makes a recommendation from recordings of Janáček's Sinfonietta.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p057h0g0
Leoš Janáček: SinfoniettaBuilding a Library makes a recommendation from recordings of Janáček's Sinfonietta.
- MaestroCam: Janacek - Sinfoniettahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9srp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9srp.jpg2011-07-21T23:00:04.000ZMark Elder conducts the Halle in Janacek's Sinfoniettahttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p00jc1bd
MaestroCam: Janacek - SinfoniettaMark Elder conducts the Halle in Janacek's Sinfonietta