Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 5 “Bydło”

This play it also belongs to a genre, where, generally, there can not be made a lot of mistakes with interpretation. One thing’s for certain, for that great creativity is required. And besides, if in previous music pieces, playing kids were portraied in quite transparent watercolors, and generally, kids are there without particular psyhological penetrations,…

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 4 “Tuileries”

Mussorgsky Pictures at the Exhibition, Part 4 Tuileries We have heard two very dark and dramatic pieces: Gnome, which offers us unpleasant features of the Russian subconscious, Russian dwarfs, and terrifying Russian mythology; and then the very sad, piercing “Old Castle”. Now, Mussorgsky superbly changes mood to that of a very energetic personal storytelling, in…

Frederic Chopin (English)

Chopin is using language of XIX century middlebrow, ordinary European music lover . This musical language was used by “languorous ladies”, “cultured officers” and all other “sensual” very sentimental ladies and gentlemen. They are John Field, Oginski, Griboedov and all the others able to take a feather and to write some notes. That’s why Chopin…

Paradigm shift needed

Музыканты из ЛА откликаются на наш ФБ. Good, good. Slow but sure. Paradigm shift needed 🙂 Забавно, что это говорит известный дирижер. Т.е. он понимает, что 99% музыкантов не имеют отношение к музыке. А к чему имеют? И зачем они зовутся “музыкантами”? И что заставляет этого же дирижера акцептировать такое положение вещей? Вопросы без ответов….

“Isms” do not work In great music.

Сегодня увидел в какой-то музыкальной прессе свою “проходную заметку” из ФБ. Да, актуально. “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…

Entdeckungen für die Dauer von 20 Jahren “Abgeschiedenheit” auf Deutsch

Открытия за период 20 лет “затворничества” на английском. On the musical discoveries one must speak for himself, for the so-called. “music world” is already, even unable to determine where the true opening/discovery , and where the vulgar cynicism. Towards the two upcoming TV shows in Israel at the beginning of next month, I was asked…

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 1 “Promenade”

Today I want to begin a long conversation with listeners, which will continue without end, until the logical conclusion, until the end of my life.   This conversation is very important, where we will talk about the most important works of piano literature.   Today I want to start with Mussorgsky’s remarkable “Pictures at an…

95 % of Germans consider

95 % of Germans consider important or very important rapprochement between Russia and the eu”. (from today’s German press). In my conversations with the Germans, I felt it very clearly. Moreover, they are annoyed by Ukraine. They consider ukrainians ” capricious “, ” egocentric “, ” Samovlûblennymi ” and ” nedogovorosposobnymi “. heard from representatives…

Zurich, Switzerland – Berlin, Germany

Залез в самолет, включил мобильный. Работает. Всё в порядке. Связь есть. А в ленте, у одного из друзей, снова вижу неистребимое – “life without music would be a mistake”. Jeez, сколько можно тиражировать эту претенциозную глупость? Life without brain is even greater mistake. 🙂 Сколько раз я мысленно говорил об этом Нику Картеру. Наконец, прислушался….

Avant-garde composers

When I listen to work by avant-garde composers, more often than not I am overwhelmed with a sense of discontent. In these musical constructions everything is too clear, arithmetical and trivial. “Clear” not in the Mozartian sense, but petty and eclectic. In this fragment it seems that the composer is thinking, pondering, and here he…