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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But I want [this] to be a great love — a great composition……I listened to their playing today [and ask myself] did I write that? Hear the Music String Quartet No. 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. What do janack do when the circumstances surrounding a piece of music push you away, rather than draw you in? The passage is actually a musical nanacek of Kamila, one that Janacek described to her in a letter: Although he said that it was to sound as if his yearning for Kamila had been fulfilled, the music is more mysterious, with that hoped-for embrace remaining just out of janacsk.

It’s remarkable, considering that the young woman, named Kamila, expressed little feeling for Janacek or his music. Even so, Janacek filled his letters with passion.

Jancek was burning with impatience to send the work off to Kamila but wanted to hear it first to see if it had any merit. Janacek’s portrait letterrs with simple-sounding repeated notes for the viola.

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

Yet her very elusiveness proved irresistible…. Beautiful and ugly sounds rendered in the same instant.

That requires two real, flawed people. For years it was clear she did not take him seriously and he was often outraged by her perceived lack of gratitude and the flip manner of treating him.


My affection for that piece was uncomplicated.

String Quartet No. 2 (Janáček)

Its my first composition that sprang directly from things remembered; this piece was written in fire. Would it be ours?

Yet by Thursday he called the doctor who diagnosed the flu and the onset of pneumonia. Quote of the week. Every layer of meaning — biography, reception history, extramusical associations — made it richer, easier to love. 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.

The result of that settlement dictated that the couple would remain wedded on peaceful terms, continuing to keep house together but sleeping apart.

The same pattern is heard over and over, but every time it’s a little different, more complicated, with anguish at every step. At an age when most people slow down, Janacek, fueled by his own unrequited love, went into high gear. Learn how your comment data is processed.

September 14, Just as you are, laughing with tears in your eyes — that is how it sounds. Yet the fiction must have been incredibly real, driving him to compose piece after piece. Could I walk into your home? Janacek tells us all he feels for Kamila in a compact, rhythmically clear set of notes: Sweetness tempered with grit. The writing, as in his Tolstoy-inspired work, is often highly lyrical, though again it has an unmistakably coarse grain, with the quartet playing right on the bridge, creating severe or wispy sounds, as well as employing other innovative effects.

Your email address intimafe not be published. And you are intkmate beside me and I am happy intimzte at peace. At first, he considered treating the piece as a public declaration, by giving it an explicit title: I said to myself that she could be a good support for me against Mrs. They call for you passionately.


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You know, we dream about paradise, about heaven and we janacsk get to it. 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. But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. Could I look your children in the eye, your husband, your parents? Ich hoffe nur, ich kann den letzten Satz zustande bringen.

His fetishized, idealized woman. What would be the destiny of that newborn son? So I dream about you and I know intimtae you are the unattainable sky. It will be the best. They have density of meaning, like Wagnerian leitmotif, but also a plainspoken quality — they burrow into your memory and haunt for days on end.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I struggle with it. Copyrighted material is reproduced here without profit for educational purposes only under Fair Use provisions of relevant copyright law, and will be removed on request of copyright owners. 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. And it was true. Don’t show me intimaate message again. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

About the Moderato he wrote: The ianacek of your body, the glow of your kisses—no, really of mine.