The Buffalo Chamber Players are re-convening Friday in the chapel of Buffalo Seminary for a concert that explores the personal lives of composers Richard Wagner and Leos Janacek.
Wagner’s famous “Siegfried Idyll” was one piece written for love. After marrying Franz Liszt’s daughter Cosima – a controversial move, as he stole her away from the conductor Hans von Bulow – Wagner expressed in this beautiful music the happiness he found with her and their children. He had a small ensemble play it for her in their home on Christmas morning, 1870. The Chamber Players will perform that original arrangement, for 13 players.
Janacek also was in love with a woman who was off limits, a married woman named Kamila who was 37 years younger than he. Unlike Wagner, he settled for friendship and unrequited love. Like Wagner, though, he poured out his heart in the music the Buffalo Chamber Players will perform. One of them is “Mladi” (Youth). The other is the String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters.” Its theme is the 700 letters Janacek wrote to Kamila.
Enjoy this concert, called “Intimate Letters,” at 7:30 p.m. Fridayin Buffalo Seminary (205 Bidwell Pkwy.). Admission is $15. For info, visit www.buffalochamberplayers.org.
– Mary Kunz Goldman