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Leoš Janáček Memorial House

The house of composer Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) and the complex of the former organ school on the corner of Kounicova and Smetanova streets in Brno is, apart from the Augustinian abbey, the most important place in Brno connected with life and work of the famous musician. Although Janáček was born in Hukvaldy, he came to Brno aged eleven and spent there his entire life.

Janáček moved in his new house in 1910, and it was here that he produced his best-known work. After the premiere of the Jenůfa opera in the National Theatre, Prague in 1916 Janáček, at the age of 62, finally received recognition, both in his homeland and outside its borders. The garden house and the adjacent school witnessed the birth of Janáček’s most famous compositions that kept abreast of young avant-garde composers of the 1920s.

Visitors to the Leoš Janáček Memorial House can see his study with original furnishings and the composer’s piano, a rare instrument that accompanied most of his creative years. The ground floor of the former organ school houses the Janáček archive with the composer’s autographs, the Janáček library and correspondence, as well as documents related to the history of the school.

Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM
Leoš Janáček Memorial House © Jan Cága, archiv MZM