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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ldtters The same pattern is heard over and over, but every time it’s a little different, more complicated, with anguish at every step. But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. It’s remarkable, considering that the young woman, named Kamila, expressed little feeling for Janacek or his music.

Could I look your children in the eye, your husband, your parents? Those cries of joy, but what a strange thing — also cries of terror after a lullaby. In such a way do the days pass for the angels. The passage is actually a musical portrait of Kamila, one that Lerters described to her in a letter: She was married, and did not return his interest in the slightest… but over the next ten years he penned hundreds — hundreds! ,etters

Guest blog- David Yang on Janacek’s Intimate Letters | Kenneth Woods – conductor

Sie rufen leidenschaftlich nach Dir. On August 8th, already feeling the effects of the excursion to the woods, wrote how happily the days were passing. Kamila, it will be beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all….


He composed some of his best music, including the String Quartet No. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Commentator Rob Kapilow pinpoints a section from the third movement of the quartet which he says reveals much about Janacek’s unique sound-world.

At an age when most people slow down, Janacek, fueled by his own unrequited love, went into high gear. Little cells, packed with emotional energy and ready to combine, break apart, metamorphose.

Its my first composition that sprang directly from things remembered; this piece was written in fire. Although he said that it was to sound as if his yearning for Kamila had been fulfilled, the music is more mysterious, janafek that hoped-for embrace remaining just out of reach.

A hero in his native Czechoslovakia, and one of the greatest and most original composers of the 20th C. Es wird der beste Satz sein. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Lefters requires two real, flawed people. Ich hoffe nur, ich kann den letzten Satz zustande bringen. It will be the best. When I put bow to string and try to come to terms with the physical demands of this music, I quickly fall under its spell.

Yet by Thursday he called the doctor who diagnosed the flu and the onset of pneumonia. Could I walk into your home? On Monday, August 6, Otto got lost while they were all hiking and Janacek combed the forest looking for him pushing himself past exhaustion and getting soaked in a downpour. They have density of meaning, like Wagnerian leitmotif, but also a plainspoken quality — they burrow into your memory and haunt for days on end. Ich bin gespannt, welche Wirkung das haben wird.


His fetishized, idealized woman. Yet her very elusiveness proved irresistible….

Your email address will not be published. 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. Would it be ours?

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? Everything about it is unique. Only the most beautiful melodies can find a place in it. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. 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 result of that settlement dictated that the couple would remain wedded on peaceful terms, continuing to keep house together but sleeping apart. She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited. Every so often, those ostinatos will converge — or clash — to dizzying effect.

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