Humorous Haydn, Serious Beethoven, and a Manifesto of Love

Calder Quartet

Friday night's set by the renowned Calder Quartet at the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival covers a lot of emotional ground, and will make for an unforgettable concert at Fort Worden.

On the bill:

  • Haydn—String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.33 No. 2 "The Joke"
  • Janácĕk—String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
  • Beethoven—String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"

Haydn and Beethoven are audience favorites, of course, but we bet that you will love Leoš Janáček's "Intimate Letters." His second String Quartet, "Intimate Letters" was written in 1928, and is often referred to as Janáček's "manifesto on love."

The piece was inspired by the Czech composer's long and spiritual friendship with Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years
his junior. The composition was intended to reflect the character of
their relationship as revealed in more than 700 letters they exchanged
with each other:

You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The
fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses – no, really of mine.
Those notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately…

Here is a video of the Calder Quartet playing the third movement of "Intimate Letters."

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