VISIT WESTCORKMUSIC.IE

LATEST ADDITION TO THE ARCHIVE

Mládí (Youth)

Leoš Janáček (b. 1854 - d. 1928)

Hervé Joulain

Hervé Joulain

Composer
Leoš Janáček (b. 1854 - d. 1928)
Composition Year
1924
Work Movements
1. Allegro
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Vivace
4. Allegro animato
Artists
Phillipe Bernold [flute], Gareth Hulse [oboe], Romain Guyot [clarinet], Mathias Kjøller [clarinet], Hervé Joulain [horn], Peter Whelan [bassoon]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

 Janá?ek hated growing old and took dramatic steps in his love life to prove to himself that he had the secret of eternal youth. On his 70th birthday he fled to his country retreat rather than personally accept the congratulations of all his well-wishers. And so in July 1924, the month of his birthday he wrote this celebration of youth from the hand of a 70 year old. The work caused considerable performance problems, the students, who tried to premiere it, failed to master the notes. At the next attempt in very cold weather one of the keys in the clarinet jammed on its transfer to the heated hall and Janá¹ek leaped on stage afterwards to deny the work and berate the poor clarinettist. The Prague premiere on 25 November 1924 by members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra finally got it right.

His choice of instruments was influenced by hearing the Ensemble de la Société Moderne des Instruments à Vent at the 1923 International Society of Contemporary Music Festival in Salzburg. So it is appropriate that half our multi-national sextet comes from France.

The first movement is a Rondo, whose principal  theme is related to the speech rhythms of the phrase Mládí, zlaté mládí! (Youth, golden youth!).Witty comments by the bass clarinet make sure nothing is taken too seriously not that there is ever much chance of that. The Andante is a theme with four variations starting in D flat minor. A sombre start is qualified by some irreverent croaks from the bassoon, which leads directly into the first variation. Like Mozart, Janá?ek finds magical effects, which he tempers with his sense of fun. The movement ends with a reprise of the theme in D flat major.

The Scherzo is in A flat minor and the theme is borrowed from the March of the Blue Boys that he set down earlier that year from schoolboy memories of a Prussian military band in Brno in 1866. He described hearing the swirling roll of the little tin drums and above them the strident tunes of the high piccolos.  So for this movement he replaces the flute with the piccolo. There are two contrasting major key Trios. The Allegro animato is linked back to the opening movement by the reappearance of the golden youth theme and the composer’s extraordinary ability to recapture the energy and happiness of youth.

FULL DETAILS SEARCH FOR MORE

Mládí (Youth)

Composer: Leoš Janáček (b. 1854 - d. 1928)
Performance date: Saturday 4th July 2015
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

Share on Twitter | Share on Facebook
http://archive.westcorkmusic.ie/details/view/cmf/530

Composer Leoš Janáček (b. 1854 - d. 1928)
Work Title Mládí (Youth)
Composition Year 1924
Work Movements 1. Allegro
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Vivace
4. Allegro animato
Artist(s) Phillipe Bernold [flute], Gareth Hulse [oboe], Romain Guyot [clarinet], Mathias Kjøller [clarinet], Hervé Joulain [horn], Peter Whelan [bassoon]
Performance Date Saturday 4th July 2015
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:17:44
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Sextet
Instrumentation fl, ob, cl, bcl, hn, bsn
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

 Janá?ek hated growing old and took dramatic steps in his love life to prove to himself that he had the secret of eternal youth. On his 70th birthday he fled to his country retreat rather than personally accept the congratulations of all his well-wishers. And so in July 1924, the month of his birthday he wrote this celebration of youth from the hand of a 70 year old. The work caused considerable performance problems, the students, who tried to premiere it, failed to master the notes. At the next attempt in very cold weather one of the keys in the clarinet jammed on its transfer to the heated hall and Janá¹ek leaped on stage afterwards to deny the work and berate the poor clarinettist. The Prague premiere on 25 November 1924 by members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra finally got it right.

His choice of instruments was influenced by hearing the Ensemble de la Société Moderne des Instruments à Vent at the 1923 International Society of Contemporary Music Festival in Salzburg. So it is appropriate that half our multi-national sextet comes from France.

The first movement is a Rondo, whose principal  theme is related to the speech rhythms of the phrase Mládí, zlaté mládí! (Youth, golden youth!).Witty comments by the bass clarinet make sure nothing is taken too seriously not that there is ever much chance of that. The Andante is a theme with four variations starting in D flat minor. A sombre start is qualified by some irreverent croaks from the bassoon, which leads directly into the first variation. Like Mozart, Janá?ek finds magical effects, which he tempers with his sense of fun. The movement ends with a reprise of the theme in D flat major.

The Scherzo is in A flat minor and the theme is borrowed from the March of the Blue Boys that he set down earlier that year from schoolboy memories of a Prussian military band in Brno in 1866. He described hearing the swirling roll of the little tin drums and above them the strident tunes of the high piccolos.  So for this movement he replaces the flute with the piccolo. There are two contrasting major key Trios. The Allegro animato is linked back to the opening movement by the reappearance of the golden youth theme and the composer’s extraordinary ability to recapture the energy and happiness of youth.