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You Know You’re a Heartbreaker…

If you read S21 regularly (and why wouldn’t you) you probably know that my all-time favorite composer Leoš Janáček had one of the greatest third acts in the history of musical composition.  Most of  his extraordinary late-life production was inspired by a certain sly and aloof–but nonetheless foxy–married lady half his age named Kamila Stösslová.  One of the works that she inspired is the opera The Cunning Little Vixen which, as fate would have it, the New York Philharmonic is doing a fully-staged production of on June 22-25.   The Vixen is being sung by the stunning and incredibly talented Isabel Bayrakdarian on whom I have a late life crush.  You can win a pair of very good tickets to CLV by simply naming four other works inspired by the elusive Kamila. Googling is a hanging offense.   Special bonus question:  What Janáček piano piece do I want somebody good to play at my memorial service.  Oh, don’t forget to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

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Comment from Judah Adashi
Time: June 17, 2011, 8:23 pm

Jerry,

We share a favorite composer! Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to make it, but I may well have NYC friends who would be interested, if that’s an acceptable use of the tickets. In any case: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters,” The Makropolous Case, Diary of One Who Disappeared (one of my personal favorites; saw the Ian Bostridge performance in NYC years ago), and…From the House of the Dead?

As for the memorial service, I suppose it depends on length; if it were me, I’d go with all or part of “In The Mists.”