Until the end of the 19th century the embankment was named after one of the Habsburg kings, Ferdinand. The current name started being used at the beginning of the 20th century.
Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928) was a Czech composer, folklorist, teacher and musical theorist. He composed music influenced a great deal by Moravian and all Slavic folk music. Janáček´s music is considered to be very original and modern.