String quartet 1 in e minor from my life

String Quartet No. 1 (Smetana)

string quartet 1 in e minor from my life

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Bedrich Smetana, String Quartet No. Technically from Bohemia, he lived during a time of restless rebellion against the ruling Austro-Hungarian Empire followed by the gradual establishment of a nationalist identity championing the language, music and folk culture of the Czech people. In , at the age of fifty, Smetana begin to notice a variety of hearing problems including high-pitched notes, rushing sounds, and the noise of "breaking sticks", collectively known as the disorder tinnitus. His hearing quickly deteriorated leaving him completely and permanently deaf by the end of the year. On one hand, this devastated Smetana, forcing him to resign all duties as conductor and performer, to completely withdraw from the public arena of music making.



String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ("Z meho, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1:105

String Quartet No.1, JB 1:105 (Smetana, Bedrich)

But this is the only similarity, because whereas for Beethoven the gradual onset of this deafness meant that he was no longer encumbered by sound and could turn his deafness to his advantage in writing music in total freedom, Smetana, who was brutally struck by deafness during the night of 19 to 20 October , turned back on himself. From then on and more relentlessly than ever before, he went in quest of his own roots. But it is far from being descriptive music. The writing is of extraordinary richness and vivacity. Smetana, a great admirer of Chopin, was inspired by folk music without ever copying it. The quartet is a discreet summary of his life in four movements. It represents youth, with its enthusiasms, its adventures and its hopes but with a premonition of tragic events.

Smetana completed the String Quartet No. The most important aspect of the piece is its autobiographical program, making it, almost certainly, the first chamber music work of its type. In a letter to his good friend Joseph Srb-Debrnov, Smetana writes: "My intention was to paint a tone picture of my life. In his letter to Srb-Debrnov, Smetana claims that, "I had no intention of writing any quartet to the customary formulas, on which I worked sufficiently as a student of music theory Smetana goes on: "The first movement depicts my youthful leanings toward art, the Romantic atmosphere, the inexpressible yearning for something I could neither express nor define, and also a kind of warning of my future misfortune. In the recapitulation, Smetana skips the return of the first theme and the transition, beginning instead with the second theme and then pursuing a relatively free course. The second movement, Quasi Polka, is a scherzo in a polka rhythm with fugal passages, depicting "the joyful days of youth when [ Smetana ] composed dance tunes and was known everywhere as a passionate lover of dancing.

String Quartet No. After becoming deaf, Smetana moved in from Prague to Jabkenice. He still hoped that the handicap would not be permanent. In the autumn of that year, he began to compose a new work. It was to be his intimate confession, a work depicting the course of his life, " He completed the composition on 29 December In a letter to his friend Josef Srb-Debrnov, Smetana formulated the work's ideological conception and the features of the individual movements.

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