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Leos Janácek

Born in Hukvaldy, Moravia (part of 20th Century Czechoslovakia), in 1854, Leos Janacek is considered the greatest Czech composer of the early 20th Century.   He was the son of a schoolmaster and, as a boy, sang in the choir of the monestery in Brno.  He later went to Prague to study music and made a living there teaching music.  In 1881, he moved back to Brno, and founded the Organ School, which was later to become the Brno Conservatory. He began composing in a relatively traditional romantic style, but after his opera Sárka (1881), his style began to change.