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Intimate Letters

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Intimate Letters
Date of Event
17th October 2017
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17th October 2017

How do you translate passion into music? What do you risk when you pick up a pen to write music, write words or even a letter? “To write at all,” said the critic Susan Sontag, “is an act of ardour.” This performance of music and poetry explores two passionate quartets, written forty years apart, and the famous “Letter Scene” in Pushkin’s poem – and Tchaikovsky’s opera – Eugene Onegin.

The Endellion Quartet will begin their performance with Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 3 in E-fl at minor, Op. 30. A passionate and monumental work, 35 to 40 minutes long, it is a memorial to the Czech violinist Ferdinand Laub, who led the fi rst performances of Tchaikovsky’s fi rst two quartets. The poet Ruth Padel will follow with a performance of her poem “Writing to Onegin”, based on the “Letter Scene” in Eugene Onegin, which for the critic Susan Sontag exemplifi es the risk all writers take when they put pen to paper.

To round off the evening, Endellion will perform Leos Janácek’s last completed work: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”. This work, that Janácek said was “written in fire”, was inspired by his passion for Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years his junior, with whom he fell in love when he was 63. The viola, intended to personify Kamila, has a prominent role throughout this piece.

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