Archives of Leoš Janáček

Documentary heritage submitted by Czech Republic and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

© Moravian Museum,Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Portrait photographs of Leoš Janáček

Archives of Leoš Janáček represents a collection of documents encompassing the estate of the prominent and world-renowned 20th century composer, Leoš Janáček (1854–1928). The collection bears unique testimony to the history of music and to the endeavours of a personality who was significantly ahead of his time and brought innovative procedures and approaches to musical composition. 

The collection contains the entire documentary legacy passed directly from the composer and many other documents added thereto consistently even after Janáček’s death. It contains all manuscripts of his compositions, copies of his compositions authenticated by him and galley proofs with his revision notes, his manuscripts of librettos, literary and scientific studies, his notebooks and the library with numerous volumes of fiction and scientific literature with his handwritten comments. The collection have also been supplemented later by correspondence. This collection of manuscripts represents the core of the nomination.

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