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Amarus is a cantata composed by Czech composer Leoš Janáček, consisting of five movements.[1] It was completed in 1897, having been started after Janáček's visit to Russia the previous summer.[2]

Amarus is a setting of the poem of the same name by Jaroslav Vrchlický, which tells the story of a young monk who had been abandoned at birth and brought up in a monastery.[1] In June 1897, Vrchlický praised Janáček's setting of his poem, commenting: 'I am convinced that you have succeeded in it entirely'.[1]

The work's premiere was in 1900, but a poor performance meant that it was not performed publicly again until fifteen years later.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Zemanová, Mirka (2002). Janáček. UPNE. pp. 73–74.
  2. ^ Tyrrell, John. "Janáček, Leoš". Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press.