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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Could I look your children in the eye, your husband, your parents? They have density of meaning, like Wagnerian leitmotif, but also a plainspoken quality — they burrow into your memory and haunt for days on end.

You are giving birth. I cringe when this piece is discussed as some sort of hyper-romantic gesture.

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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. 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.

Ce sera le meilleur. I struggle with it. I said to myself that she could be a good support for me against Mrs.

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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 portrait begins with simple-sounding repeated notes for the viola. Just as you are, laughing with tears in your eyes — that is how it sounds. Kamila, it will be beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all….


On August 8th, already feeling the effects of the excursion to the woods, wrote how happily the days were passing.

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

Janacek tells us all he feels for Kamila in a compact, rhythmically clear set of notes: A great love — a weak composition. Could I walk into your home? The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses—no, really of mine. She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited.

The passage is actually a musical portrait of Kamila, one that Janacek described to her in a letter: She was married, and did not return his interest in jnacek slightest… but over the next ten years he penned hundreds — hundreds!

Every layer of meaning — biography, reception history, extramusical associations — made it richer, easier to love.

Commentator Rob Kapilow pinpoints a section from the third movement of the quartet which he says reveals much about Janacek’s unique sound-world. Exaltation, a warm declaration of love, imploring, untamed longing. 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 lefters sounds, as well as employing other innovative effects.


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Those cries of joy, but what a strange thing — also cries of terror after a lullaby. 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 reach.

And you are sitting beside me and I am happy and at peace. At an age when most people slow down, Janacek, fueled by his own unrequited love, went into high gear. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. He became unconscious on Sunday morning and died peacefully on Sunday night, August 12th. 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.

But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. The music speeds up, Kapilow says, but not in the usual way.