Originally entitled ‘Milostné dopisy’ (‘Love letters’), the String Quartet No 2 was eventually given the subtitle of ‘Listy důvěrné’ (‘Intimate letters’), implying the vast . Janácek’s 2nd String Quartet, “Intimate Letters”, is regarded as a highlight of the modern string quartet literature. It was written during the composer’s last year of. I thought David Yang’s script to accompany our performance of Janacek’s String Quartet no. 2, “Intimate Letters,” would make a great blog post.

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Commentator Rob Kapilow pinpoints a section from janacsk third movement of the quartet which he says reveals much about Janacek’s unique sound-world. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. Ich hoffe nur, ich kann den letzten Satz zustande bringen.

What do you do when the circumstances surrounding a piece of music push you away, rather than draw you in? Janacek pursued Kamila relentlessly writing letter after letter, asking her to visit and inviting her to concerts yet often received no acknowledgement of his offers and, at best, sporadic replies.

Janácek, Leoš / String Quartet no. 2 “Intimate Letters” / Bärenreiter Verlag

The next day, as his health declined and his temperature hitan x-ray revealed an inflamed lung and by Saturday he realized he was dying. Would it be ours? She was married, and did not return his interest in the slightest… but over the next ten years he penned hundreds — hundreds!

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of inttimate styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. In such a way do the days pass for the angels.


String Quartet No. 2 (Janáček) – Wikipedia

Would I pluck that flower, that family of happiness of yours, would I make free with my respect for you, whom I honor like no other woman on earth? Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Janacek fell instantly in love and she was to become the direct inspiration for many of his last works.

It will be the best. On August 8th, already feeling the effects of the excursion to the woods, wrote how happily the days were passing. On the other, not a note seems to be out of place. How could I not be overjoyed remembering the times of being with you when I felt as though the earth was trembling under my feet….

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His fetishized, idealized woman. But on August 10th he wrote in the album for the last time, recording his sweating during the night and his gratitude to Kamila. At an age when most people slow down, Janacek, fueled by his own unrequited love, went into high gear.

Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” String Quartet contains a musical portrait of the much younger and married woman to whom he wrote so many love letters. What would be the destiny of that newborn son? Too much for a jxnacek box of wood, strung with steel or gut.

She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited.


October Total duration: It’s remarkable, considering that the young woman, named Kamila, expressed little feeling for Janacek or his music. For even if the goals of the Czech National Revival had been accomplished with the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia inthe composers who had provided generations of Bohemians and Moravians with their distinct musical voice unsurprisingly harboured more private objectives.

String Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’ (Janáček, Leoš)

The site is also available in several languages. Reading through Janacek’s letters, Kapilow says there are hints that the composer was aware of his own fictionalized love affair. I said to myself that she could be a good support for me against Mrs. Yet the fiction must janqcek been incredibly real, driving him to compose piece after piece. Only the most beautiful melodies can find a place in it.

The passage is actually a musical portrait of Kamila, one that Janacek described to her in a letter: Es wird der beste Satz sein. A janxcek love — a weak composition. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Czech composer Leos Janacek sent a non-stop stream of more than love letters to a much younger, married woman; she inspired many of his best works. Could I look your children in the eye, your husband, your parents?