The Glagolitic Mass, written between 1926 and 1927, is not only one of Janácek's most important works: it is also a masterpiece of the twentieth-century choral repertoire. In this fascinating account of the work and its history, Paul Wingfield brings together material from early articles and reviews, letters and manuscripts which form a comprehensive account of the work's genesis and performance history. The author also provides a thorough revision of the Old Church Slavonic text along with English translation, and reconstructs Janácek's 'ideal' version of the work - far more exciting than the less adventurous rearrangement currently performed. Chapters on the music itself offer a full synopsis of the Glagolitic Mass, an in-depth discussion of its musical organisation and a selection of key interpretations of the piece by Janácek and others.
Acknowledgements; Note on musical examples, bar numbers, abbreviations and translations; Introduction; 1. Genesis and reception; 2. The (Old?) Church Slavonic text; 3. The authentic score; 4. Synopsis; 5. Introduction to the musical organisation; 6. Literature 1927–30; Notes; Principal sources of the Glagolitic Mass; Bibliography; Index.