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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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Every so often, those ostinatos will converge — or clash — to dizzying effect. Remember the ugliness behind those notes…. Would it be ours? The result of that settlement dictated that the couple would remain wedded on peaceful terms, continuing to keep house together but sleeping apart.

Exaltation, a warm declaration of love, imploring, untamed longing. It was at this time that Janacek met the year old and very married Kamila Stosslova. Just as you are, laughing with tears in your eyes — that is how it sounds.

Your email address will not be published. Citations and bibliography available on request. 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.

Janacek’s portrait begins with simple-sounding repeated notes for the viola. But on August 10th he wrote in the album for the last time, recording his sweating during the night and his gratitude to Kamila.

Janacek’s Love Letters, With Strings Attached

Yet by Thursday he called the doctor who diagnosed the flu and the onset of pneumonia. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses—no, really of mine.


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? I struggle with it. The boy found his way back on his own but Janacek caught a cold which he tried to conceal from Kamila. Sweetness tempered with grit.

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And it was true. 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. So I dream about you and I know that you are the unattainable sky.

The passage is actually a musical portrait of Kamila, one letetrs Janacek described to her in a letter: Yet the fiction must have been incredibly real, driving him to compose piece after piece. The site is also available in several languages.

I cringe when this piece is discussed as some jxnacek of hyper-romantic gesture. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited. That requires two real, flawed people. You are entire in my soul: And you are sitting beside me and I am happy and at peace.

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Full Story Archive June 8, Und sie war wirklich. Learn how your comment data is processed. He composed some of his best music, including the String Quartet No. Janacek pursued Kamila relentlessly writing letter after letter, asking her to visit and inviting her to concerts yet itimate received no acknowledgement of his offers and, at best, sporadic replies.


Janacek fell instantly in love and she was to become the direct inspiration for many of his last works. Too much for a little box of wood, strung with steel or gut. The force of this combined rhythmic energy can be overwhelming. The same pattern is heard over and over, but every time it’s a little different, more complicated, with anguish at every step. Everything about it is unique. Could I look your children in the eye, your husband, your parents?

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Kamila, it will be beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all….

Those notes of mine kiss all of you.

In such a way do the days pass for manacek angels. Intijate in the Big Apple. 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. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. October Total duration: A great love — a weak composition.

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.