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

Fifth part of English version of “Pictures at an exhibition”. “Bydlo”

Where Modest Petrovich gives metaphisical picutere of humanity carrying the burden of life. Rising above personal experience and narrow artistic look he shows us in this music the “whole Mother Russia”, somber, heavy, drunk and dark, doomed to carry the hard and cruel path of its historic destiny. But Mussorgsky rises even higher than that…

AG UCM Mussorgsky “Pictures at an exhibition” part I. In English

Dear fellow musicians. Please watch carefully and change your mindset towards “interpretation”. We can interpret differently only cerain composer’s mesagges and statements, pictures and and emotional states. But ONLY when we know exactly, precisely what every tone tells to us. Which particular information it carries. One have carefully decipher this information. Study, study and study….

AG UCM Mussorgsky “Pictures at an exhibition” part I. In English.

Aware people and aware music making. We are entering into a new era of aware musicians. One has to prove he fully understands music in a new form of a very high level “philosophical performance” consisting from all “components” of the “music content” – philosophy, literature, poetry, music analyses, history of peoples, history of culture,…

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) For A Birthday There is so much to say about Mozart’s brief life – it is an incomplete story, ended unexpectedly by the mortality of the age. But not everyone acknowledges the enigma along with the strange miracle. Although he is almost universally beloved, he is…

Promo Video by Todd A Harris

Well Done. Toddy you even sound as a star. Not only writing but promoting. Talent shows everywhere, as it should be! Amazon would be delighted, I am! AG

As long as humans will exist music will be living and developing

We should always keep in mind that serious (classical) music is not a form of art, but it is a synthetic cultural phenomenon combining art, philosophy, literature, poetry, visionary science, mathematics, visual arts in tones, psychology, religion, history, emotional states, cerebral processes expressed in tones. All together – preserving the living “human soul”. Therefore we…