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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They have density of meaning, like Wagnerian leitmotif, but also a plainspoken quality — they burrow into your memory and haunt for days on end.

Its my first composition that sprang directly from things remembered; this piece was written in fire. Yet the fiction must have been incredibly real, driving him to compose piece after piece. Quote of the week. He composed some of his best music, including the String Quartet No.

But when I think about this piece, my relationship to it sours. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Ah, that was an amazingly beautiful time!


Written on Skin: Leoš Janáček’s Intimate Letters

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. On Nanacek, 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. Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

It will be the best. Und sie war wirklich.

Writing this is like the worry I feel about you. Beautiful and ugly sounds rendered in the same instant.

Janacek’s Love Letters, With Strings Attached : NPR

The same pattern is heard over and over, but every time it’s a little different, more complicated, with anguish at every step. What do you do when the circumstances surrounding a piece of music push you away, rather than draw you imtimate March 1, Blog Liz Cox. Commentator Rob Kapilow pinpoints a section from the third movement of the quartet which he says reveals much about Janacek’s unique sound-world.

String Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’ (Janáček, Leoš)

Would it be ours? And you are sitting beside me and I am happy and at peace. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

Janacek tells us all janqcek feels for Kamila in a compact, rhythmically clear set of notes: Too much for a little box of wood, strung with steel or gut. The site is also available in several languages. Could I walk into your home? It’s remarkable, considering that the young woman, named Kamila, expressed little feeling for Janacek or his music.


The music speeds up, Kapilow says, but not in the usual way.

Janacek’s portrait begins with simple-sounding repeated notes for the viola. You know, we dream about paradise, about heaven and we never get to it. Every so often, those ostinatos will converge — or clash — to dizzying effect.

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

The result of that settlement dictated that the couple would remain wedded on peaceful terms, continuing to keep house together but sleeping apart. Only the most beautiful melodies can find a place in it. She was natural, sometimes almost uninhibited. Citations and bibliography available on request. Sweetness tempered with grit.