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From: Dmitri Gorbatov / 04-11-2006 14:42:50
To Roger Seery
The lifelong correspondence between Prokofiev and Myaskovsky was published in the USSR (around 1977), up to 700 pages; the chief editor was Kabalevsky (if I am not mistaken: it’s better to recheck). I should admit though that some letters might undergo substantial censorship, and some of them might be excluded at all: frankly, I don’t think of any reliable mechanisms to locate all these exclusions (except for some tedious negotiations and long work with the closed archives).
Still, the body of published letters is indeed a fascinating document of priceless cultural importance. Unfortunately, I am unaware if that Soviet book has ever been translated into English. Smilingly (with no belief in any success), if you could find an authoritative sponsor for the project, I would be delighted to translate both the Soviet book and all comments of the time, as well as to write my own comments as a Russian musician of the 21st century and a great fan of both Prokofiev and Myaskovsky.

From: Alexander / e-mail / 04-11-2006 02:39:02
Anybody have scores of piano sonatas nє1 and nє4 ? Please send me an e-mail !

From: Георгий / e-mail / icq / 03-11-2006 11:56:47
----В 1948 году (по свидетельству Карена Хачатуряна), когда Шебалина отстранили от ректорства в консерватории, Петров тотчас, без раздумий, предложил ему возглавить военно-дирижёрский факультет. ----- Не знал этого. Огромное спасибо за информацию, Дмитрий!

From: Roger Seery / e-mail / 02-11-2006 18:54:26
I write with a short query; are there any books (in English, obviously) about the lifelong frienship of Myaskovsky and Prokofiev? I see short notes on the internet about the same, but nothing substantial. Also, have their correspondences while Prokofiev was living abroad, ever been published, or indeed, are they authorised for publication? It would surely make for fascinating reading for fans of either composer.

From: Дмитрий Горбатов / 30-10-2006 01:41:32
1. И к 18-й, и к 19-й симфониям я отношусь очень тепло. Ценю их примерно одинаково — но 19-ю больше люблю.
2. Генерал Петров — это великий человек. Он из тех «вояк», которыми «держится русская земля». Честь для него была дороже всего, а позор — сильнее страха. В 1948 году (по свидетельству Карена Хачатуряна), когда Шебалина отстранили от ректорства в консерватории, Петров тотчас, без раздумий, предложил ему возглавить военно-дирижёрский факультет. (Ни от кого больше Шебалину таких предложений тогда не поступало: все боялись — а кое-кто, на всякий случай, отворачивался при встрече. Поступок!)

From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 26-10-2006 18:54:03
Blumenfeld, thank you for your response. Yes, I remembering reading that extract from "Testimony", I seem to recall reading that Shostakovich kept a photo of shebalin on his desk but I may be wrong. Maybe Shebalin's time will come one day. As far as CD releases indicate there is clearly growing interest in the music of Miaskovsky with major labels like DGG and Warner releasing his symphonies and also two fine recordings of Popov's epic first symphony, although the sad disappearance of Olympia is a big blow to admirers of Russian and Soviet composers.

From: Blumenfeld / 26-10-2006 04:34:14
Jeffrey. Permit me to address your question indirectly. In the Volkov "Testimonies", Shostakovich wonders why Myaskovsky and Shebalin, great composers who were frequently played during their life time, so rapidly became forgotten afterward. I quote:
"I think Pushkin wrote, 'Oblivion is the natural lot of anyone who is not present.' It's horrible, but true. You have to fight it. How can it be? You're no sooner dead than forgotten. Take Miaskovsky, for example. He wrote a number of symphonies, it seemed that the air was filled with them. He taught others, but now Miaskovsky is not played. He's forgotten.... And Ronya Shebalin? He left a lot of excellent music, for example a fine violin concerto. And many of his quartets are fine. But is it possible to hear a work by Shebalin on the concert stage today? Oblivion, oblivion." (30-31)
While this may sound depressing, Shostakovich spoke wisely about the commercialization of classical music.Only a few classical composers have managed to outlive this erosion of time. Nevertheless, I do agree with you that Shebalin's symphonies need not be (individually) forgotten.

From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 23-10-2006 21:51:00
I wonder if anyone else here likes Vissarion Shebalin's First Symphony as much as I do? I think that it is a rather moving and powerful work, very much in the spirit of, his teacher, Miaskovsky. If you don't already know it I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the music of Miaskovsky. Shebalin's Fifth symphony is also a fine, moving work.

From: Malcolm J. Thomson / e-mail / 19-10-2006 21:01:09
If anyone reading this is interested in purchasing a complete set of Myaskovsky's 27 symphonies conducted by Svetlanov they can do so by clicking on the following site. http://cgi.ebay.com/Cond-E-Svetlanov-Miaskovsky-Compl-S-W-V-1-4-16CDs-OOP_W0QQitemZ230035988176QQihZ013QQcategoryZ307QQcmdZViewItem?refid=store Cheers, Malcolm.

From: Георгий / e-mail / icq / 19-10-2006 12:16:59
Между прочим: а Вы-то как относитесь к 18-й и 19-й симфониям Н. Я.? Их разбор "выпускали" и у Иконникова, и даже у Ливановой. А по-моему, это как раз очень интересно: оценивать мастерство автора при работе на простом материале и даже (19-я) на составе духового оркестра (т. е. ограниченном). В XIX веке, я читал, перекладывали для духовых оркестров даже "Патетическую сонату" Бетховена (!!!) А что еще известно про военного дирижера Петрова, которому посвящена 19-я симфония Н. Я.?

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