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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Would it be ours? Reading through Janacek’s letters, Kapilow intimaye there are hints that the composer was aware of his own fictionalized love affair. They call for you passionately.

And it was true. But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. Too much for a little box of wood, strung with steel or gut. Your email address will not be published.

At first, he considered treating the piece as a public declaration, by giving it an explicit title: Ich bin gespannt, lettters Wirkung das haben wird. 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. Quote of the week. The passage is actually a musical portrait of Kamila, one that Janacek described to her in a letter: Yet by Thursday he called the doctor who diagnosed the flu and the intimatee of pneumonia.


Those notes of mine kiss all of you. About the Moderato he wrote: 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. On Intkmate 8th, already feeling the effects of the excursion to the woods, wrote how happily the days were passing. Janacek pursued Kamila relentlessly writing letter jaancek letter, asking her to visit and inviting her to concerts yet often received no acknowledgement of his offers and, at best, sporadic replies.

Remember nitimate ugliness behind those notes…. 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.

Sweetness tempered with grit. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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

A great love — a weak composition. Lately, I keep having the same experience, or variations of it. That requires two real, flawed people.

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? Little cells, packed with emotional energy and ready to combine, break apart, metamorphose.


Just as you are, laughing with tears in your eyes — that is how it sounds. And you are sitting beside me and I am happy and at lstters.

Janacek’s Love Letters, With Strings Attached

Could I walk into your home? Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Every layer of meaning — biography, reception history, extramusical associations — made it richer, letterw to love. There was always tension between Janacek and Kamila.

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