Janáček’s style is perhaps best encapsulated by imagining the combination of Bartok and Dvorak. Both of these composers aimed to write a music “of the people” of their native lands, often by using traditional folk melodies and rhythms in their music. Janáček was not quite as overtly romantic as Dvorak yet also not as modernist as the later Bartok. Instead, his style is something of an anomaly, somewhere between the two periods of romanticism and the early twentieth century.
Despite this, Janáček’s work is often performed and popular, particularly the Sinfonietta, Moravian Dances, Glagolitic Mass and his well loved-opera, The Cunning Little Vixen. His chamber music and solo instrumental works also show a deep understanding of instrumentation, particularly in the Kreutzer Sonata and Piano Sonatas.
Moravian Dances, Sinfonietta