Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major

“Isms” do not work In great music. I was always confused by the fact of “attributing” Debussy and Ravel to the “Impressionists”. Even in the fine arts, where everything is subject to “currents” and “manners,” “packaging” on the shelves takes place in hindsight and with great deal of “generalization”….. (Read more) And how did Ravel…

The “piano performing era”

A small message from the near future to today’s monkey pianists, monkey conductors and “other musicians”. Very soon, people would laugh in universities and music schools of the nearest future at the “piano performing era”. They will look at our time, as we look now, with humor and sympathetic irony, at the savages of the…

Ninth part of English version of “Pictures at an exhibition”

Central dramatic point of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece. “Catacombs”. Where Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky using his music as a “time machine” and the tool of sending most dramatic intimate and subconscious emotions in the ocean of time-space. Using very original, unusual for his time innovative technique of psychedelic improvisation which will come to our planet only a century…

Eighth part of English version of “Pictures at an exhibition”

Another masterpiece of Modest Petrovich. A stunning sketch of humanity in a negative light – arrogant, vulgar, stupid, self-satisfied. Satire in music. The rarest example of musical literature. Unsurpassed. Many composers tried to embody humor and satire in music. From ancient poets-musicians to Shostakovch and Prokofiev. But no one had such a natural gift of…

Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (Live from Vilnius)

  I am very happy that Mussorgsky has rightfully become the darling of our community. For 140 years (in the “hypostasis” of Pictures), he “was known as the“ grave Russian ”populist” with the avian imagination of a junior schoolchild of an elementary Soviet school. But he turned out to be a “rocker”, a psychedelic musical…

Awareness in music making

Musicians of all ages have a paucity of practical professional tools for increasing their knowledge and understanding of musical works. Generally, they are guided by their teachers’ intuition, “traditions”, book knowledge, and copying performances from audio recordings; unfortunately, these sources and methods fail to adequately help students understand the music’s inherent meanings. Students would greatly…

Seventh part of English version of “Pictures at an exhibition”

Psychologic look at social conflict through the prism of “eternal dialog” between rich and poor. In case of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures” – two Jews. Rich and poor. After this “pictures” comes back Modest Petrovich himslf in his full autopotrait – “Promenade”. Almost as in the beginning but more and more confident and decisive. Enjoy. AG