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“translucent as mist”

Concert Classics Series

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013, 8 pm Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

ELIAS STRING QUARTET * HAYDN JANÁČEK SCHUMANN

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 6 String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”) String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1

It wasn’t the first time an older, married man fell in love with a younger, unattainable woman—just one of the more artistically fruitful ones. In his 60s, Leoš Janáček met Kamila Stösslová, 38 years his junior, whose image he would call “translucent as mist.” Over the next decade plus, he wrote hundreds of intimate letters to her, kept a “Kamila” diary, and modeled operatic heroines after her. His Second String Quartet, “Intimate Letters,” is filled with “that sweetest longing” for Kamila. Her family joined Janáček in his native village in July, 1928; we can picture the composer pleased when Kamila’s husband departed. Then fate intervened. Kamila’s son got lost, and while looking for the little boy, Janáček literally caught his death of cold, expiring in August. The intensely talented Elias Quartet, newly recorded in a live concert at Wigmore Hall, will perform this powerful music along with quartets by Schumann and Haydn, the father of the form.

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Princeton University Concerts 2012-2013 Season Brochure  

At 119 years old, Princeton University Concerts is pleased to announce the details of its 2012-2013 season.

Princeton University Concerts 2012-2013 Season Brochure  

At 119 years old, Princeton University Concerts is pleased to announce the details of its 2012-2013 season.

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