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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On the other, not a note lettfrs to be out of place. You know, we dream about paradise, about heaven and we never get to it. Reading through Janacek’s letters, Kapilow says there are hints that the composer was aware of his own fictionalized love affair. The same pattern is heard over and over, but every time it’s a little different, janwcek complicated, with anguish at every step.

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. 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.

Kamila, it will be beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all…. I just hope I can bring off the last movement. Full Story Archive June 8, Those cries of joy, but what a strange thing — also cries of terror after a lullaby.


Ce sera le meilleur. Its my first composition that sprang directly from things remembered; this piece was written in fire. Don’t show me this message again.

Lately, I keep having the same experience, or variations of it. Resolution, relentlessly to fight with theworld over you. It will be the best. 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. Janacek tells us all he feels for Kamila in a compact, rhythmically clear set of notes: Writing this is like the worry I feel about you.

Intmiate composed some of his best music, including the String Quartet No. Full Artist Archive June 12, Ich hoffe nur, ich kann den letzten Satz zustande bringen. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Could I walk into your home? He became unconscious on Sunday morning and died peacefully on Sunday night, August 12th.

And you are sitting beside me and I am happy and at peace. Too much for a little box of wood, strung with uanacek or gut.

Written on Skin: Leoš Janáček’s Intimate Letters

A great love — a weak composition. 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.

My affection for that piece was uncomplicated. They have density of meaning, like Wagnerian leitmotif, but also a plainspoken quality — they burrow into your memory and lettegs for days on end. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. It was at this time that Janacek met the year old and very married Kamila Stosslova. March 1, Blog Liz Cox. The boy found his way back on his own but Janacek caught a cold which he tried to conceal from Kamila. Even so, Janacek filled lettres letters with passion.


The force of this combined rhythmic energy can be overwhelming.

But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. 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? I cringe when this piece is discussed as some sort of hyper-romantic gesture. 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.

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

Yet her very elusiveness proved irresistible…. Writing of the last movement he said…. Inafter a particularly public and humiliating affair with the opera singer Gabriela Horvatova, his wife, Zdenka Janacrk, took the year old composer to court. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited. Your email address will not be published.