The Leoš Janáček Memorial
When the Organ School started its courses in its new home at the Chleborád Villa in 1907, Janáček, as the director, found his home in Old Brno was quite far from the school. He walked on foot and did not travel using the electric trams because they were German. Therefore, the school founder, the Association for the Promotion of Church Music in Moravia, decided to build a small house for the director in the school garden in place of the wooden stables. The house was designed and built by Alois Horák. Janáček, along with his wife, Zdenka, and their housekeeper, Marie Stejskalová, moved there in 1910, and Janáček spent the last eighteen years of his life here. This new home, which was comfortable for its time, was where Janáček wrote all of his major works - the operas The Excursions of Mr Brouček, Káťa Kabanová, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Makropulos Affair and From the House of the Dead, the orchestral compositions Taras Bulba and Sinfonietta, and the cantata Glagolitic Mass. Today it is the site of the Leoš Janáček Memorial, complete with his study as it was, including Janáček's piano, which the maestro received as a wedding present and was where he composed nearly all of his works.
We moved on Saturday the 2nd of July. We were ready early; we had already measured everything and decided where things would go. And after Mařa and I had spent some time putting things in order after the workmen had left, then our "little house", as we started to call it, started to become quite charming. At that time the garden was full of fruit trees. In the area overlooking Giskrova (Kounicova) street, my husband had 14 boxwoods planted, as was to his taste. [...] Our dog Čert (Devil) lorded over us from the veranda.
Memoirs: Zdenka Janáčková - My Life (1998)
The interiorof Janáček's house © Moravian Museum