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Sedmdesát tisíc 'The 70,000'
First line:
Sedmdesát tisíc je nás 'Seventy thousand are there of us'
1909; for male voices and tenor soloist
author of text

'Janáček: Choral Music' (CDH55398)
Janáček: Choral Music
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Sedmdesát tisíc 'The 70,000'
Sedmdesát tisíc (‘The 70,000’) is the finest of Janácek’s pre-war compositions for Ferdinand Vach and the Moravian Teachers’ Male Chorus. This 1909 adaptation of the poem by Petr Bezruc recalls another time of despair in the face of a ruthless enemy; ‘Seventy thousand are there of us before Tešín … only seventy thousand of us remaining, are we allowed to live? … A crowd, we look on vacantly just as one calf watches the slaughter of another …’ The lines, from Bezruc’s Silesian Songs, undoubtedly assumed deeply personal patriotic import for the composer. To educated patriots these poems were a rallying call to arms against the German and Polish oppressors, and the social and nationalistic impact of these writings would be difficult to minimize. Indeed, the trilogy of Bezruc settings composed in between 1906 and 1909 (the other two are Kantor Halfar and Marycka Magdónova) mark the culmination of Janácek’s attainments in a genre which he had first exploited in his choruses for the Svatopluk vocal ensemble.

from notes by Michael Jameson © 1997

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66893 track 21
Recording date
16 March 1996
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Gary Cole
Recording engineer
Gary Cole
Hyperion usage
  1. Janácek: Choral Music (CDA66893)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: July 2009
    Superseded by CDH55398
  2. Janácek: Choral Music (CDH55398)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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