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1. X. 1905 for Piano 'Sonata'

By Leos Janacek

Composed by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). Edited by Ludvik Kundera, Radoslav Kvapil, and Jarmil Burghauser. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09501. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09501).

Item Number: BA.BA09501

ISBN 9790260103641. 31 x 24.3 cm inches.

Usually referred to as a sonata, 1. X. 1905 is Janacek's most significant piece for the piano.

The work had a tumultuous history. It originally consisted of three movements inspired by the death of a Czech labourer shot by soldiers during a demonstration in Brno . Shortly after its premiere in 1906 Janacek destroyed the final movement and then, following a private performance in Prague , the other two movements as well. It was not until the celebrations for his 70th birthday that the pianist of the premiere found the courage to play the piece to the composer once again from her personal copy. Janacek then decided to publish the work after all. The musical text is based on the Complete Scholarly-Critical Edition of the Works of Leos Janacek and has been given practical fingering suggestions.

- Detailed new preface by Jiri Zahradka (Czech , Eng., Ger.)
- Tried and tested fingerings
- Barenreiter Urtext at the forefront of Janacek scholarship

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
- Excellent print quality
- Superior paper and binding


  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Baltimore, MD
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  • September 03, 2017 Sonata with a history

    This is a posh edition of the sonata 1.X.1905, including a lengthy essay by the Czech musicologist Dr. Jiří Zahrádka in English, Czech and German. The sonata was inspired by the death of a young man during a protest by Czechs against German domination of the universities...

    in Brno. Leoš Janáček was there participating in the protest, which began on October 1, 1905. The young man, František Pavlík, was stabbed on the street outside the Czech community center (Besední dům), which still stands. He died soon after in a hospital. After hearing the sonata, we were moved to visit the site. You can see it online via Google maps (search for: Komenského nám. 534/8, 602 00 Brno). It’s at the southeast corner of Husova and Solniční in Brno. The Brno Philharmonic orchestra is based in the Besední dům and has posted information about it at:

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  • 5

    David Anderson
    Northfield, MN
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  • November 16, 2012 Beautiful, dark piece in a great edition

    First off, the piece is amazing. I listened to it 3 or 4 times and decided I had to buy the sheet music and learn it, so it's on my list to start in the next month.This is my first Baerenreiter score. I bought the piece because of...

    a 20% off sale a while ago and I thought I might as well try it. Well, it came in the mail, and the same day, I went and bought Baerenreiter's first book of Scriabin piano sonatas. Great score. If you're going to learn this piece, this is the edition to get.

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  • 5

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  • January 08, 2012 Great Edition

    There is not a whole lot known about this piece, but whatever there is, it is probably covered in this edition. It outlays the entire story surrounding its creation and near-destruction at the hands of Janacek himself. An all-around great and scholarly edition.

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