Reproduction of the portrait “Emperor Alexander II is a liberator of the Christians in the East”. A cheap popular prim. Chromolithograph. The Museum of the Russian Literature Institute in Saint Petersburg. Alexander II is Emperor of Russia. His reign was marked by a number of reforms which touched on nearly all units of state power,…Details
And the Pike implored again: “Emelya, let me go
into the water, and I’ll do anything you wish”.
“All right, only first you must prove you aren’t
trying to fool me, then I’ll let you go”.
As the Pike Wills (after A. Tolstoi)
К. Briullov (1799—1852) О. Fersen Riding a Donkey. 1835 Water-colour. 52.5×40 cm The Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
In Russian literature, too, we find very characteristic and vivid examples of such creativity. There are the sophisticated baroque work of Simeon of Polotsk and the political caricatures of Archpriest Avvakum (seventeenth century); the monumental mosaic compositions of Lomonosov (eighteenth century); the romantic landscapes of Zhukovsky and Baratynsky; the elegiac landscapes of Batyushkov; Gogol’s architectural…Details
Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev were the star-crossed lovers in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet during the Royal Ballet’s tour of the United States.
The importance of Beethoven’s sonatas as of a sort of “creative laboratory” in which the composer developed the fundamentals of his style is generally recognized. It was in this form that Beethoven mastered the dialectical method, moulded his themes and reached unprecedented heights in the development of musical ideas and images. Many of his piano…Details
The symphonic suite “Scheherazade” written by N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov in 1883 is one of the masterpieces of Russian classical music on Oriental themes. The suite is based on the “Arabian Nights”. The composer originally gave subtitles to individual parts of the suite, but later deleted them and left ony the title and the general programme.…Details
The First Symphony, begun in March of 1866, was done anew by the composers twice. In this new (already third!) editing “Winter Dreams” was soon presented to the Moscow audience. Its premiere was given by the Russian Musical Society on February 3, 1868, under the baton of N. Rubinstein. “…The performance signified Tchaikovsky’s first outstanding…Details
During the summer of 1788 Wolfgang Mozart composed three symphonies representing the acme of the symphonic work of the great Austrian composer: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, Symphony No. 40 in G minor and Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”) cf which the G minor symphony with its sincere iyrics passion and ingenuousness…Details
Mozart’s violin concertos occupy a prominent place among his numerous and diverse violin compositions. They were written in connection with his concert activity as soloist and first violinist in the Salzburg orchestra. The great Austrian composer was not only a clavier virtuoso, but a superb violinist as well. Mozart’s violin concertos belong among his early…Details
The Requiem Mass is based on the text of a medieval Catholic funeral service. Its messages are the Day of Wrath, the Last Judge’s terrible punishment onto the sinners, their fierce pleading for mercy, the allmighty and relentless God and the merciful Jesus Christ. Neither the religious dogma, nor mysticism prevail in Mozart’s Requiem, which…Details
The Orthodox Church alone has kept so far the ancient Christian conception that the liturgical music should be only vocal. Way back in the IV c. St. Jerome has said that a Christian maiden should have an aversion for the heathen instruments and that it is not even befitting her to know the difference between…Details