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Leoš Janácek - String Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' (1 of 2)
Seeded by rayjr on 28 May 2010
Author: amadeus9man
"I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata", Janácek confided in one of his letters to his young friend Kamila Stösslová. In the music of the quartet is depicted psychological drama containing moments of conflict as well as emotional outbursts, passionate work rush towards catharsis and to final climax. Using a principle of thematic montage, the quartet almost abandons the fields of traditional harmony, homophony and counterpoint and instead makes free with the varied sonic factors typical of Janácek, including his 'trademark' modal inflections.
Composer: Leos Janacek