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From: Blumenfeld / e-mail / 29-05-2006 15:45:14
Myaskovsky composed the tenth symphony in 1927. This is the year when Alban Berg's Wozzeck and A. Schoenberg's Gurre Lieder both were premiered in Leningrad. It is the year when PERSIMFANS, a Russian orchestra without a conductor which premiered Myaskovsky's tenth symphony was founded as an experiment in musical "collectivism". More generally, Myaskovsky composed this work in the context of a rapprochement between Russian and Western musical life under the enlightened leadership of Commissar Lunacharsky during the period known as the New Economic Policy.
One can think of numerous contemporary composers who attempted to apply Schoenbergian techniques, if only as an experimental approach suited for a particular musical theme. It is noteworthy that in one of his rare ventures into programme music Myaskovsky opted for Schoenberg's style over that of Richard Strauss. But he was not pleased with PERSIMFANS' performance, indicating that the conductorless orchestra had misunderstood his work, and felt much estrangement with the Russian public. In contrast to N. Roslavets who could prove insensitive to how the public responded to such modern musical idiom, Myaskovsky was very much responsive to public opinion. As a result, his tenth symphony was immediately followed with the far more simple but also more pleasing Serenade, Sinfonietta, and Lyric Concertino, which he wrote in the span of less than two months in December-January 1928-1929!
From: Malcolm J. Thomson / e-mail / 27-05-2006 22:07:54
Over the past month I have been listening frequently to Myaskovsky's 10th Symphony in an effort to try and come to some sort of understanding of where it fits in the overall assessment of Myaskovsky's symphonic compositions and I must confess that I remain perplexed and unable to relate to this work.
To me it lacks the melodic structure that I have come to enjoy immensely in the vast majority of his symphonies. That Myaskovsky style, which Blumenfeld so correctly calls "The Myaskovsky Sound," and which produces glorious, sweeping passages of nobility, coupled with those beautifully romantic and tender themes, all of rich tonality, that for me are the basis of my attraction to his music.
Was there some incident taking place in his life at the time he wrote the 10th that influenced him to compose such a piece of music which I can only describe as being "harsh" and different from what I so admire in his other symphonies?
My own introduction to Myaskovsky resulted from accidently coming across an old LP recording of his 17th Symphony, which I found in a discount bin at a Los Angeles music store. At the time of purchase I had never heard of Myaskovsky or listened to any of his compositions. It was indeed fortunate that it was his 17th Symphony I bought that day, because had it been his 10th I seriously doubt that I would have had any further desire to seek out any other of his compositions and become the devotee that I am today.
From: Михаил Сегельман / 22-05-2006 19:20:24
Joop (NL) / 20-05-2006 17:34:08
We know that Dmitry Kabalevsky, unlike most other composers ... (see below)
Not Myaskovsky, he offered another substitution - Gavriil Popov.
From: Joop (NL) / 20-05-2006 17:34:08
We know that Dmitry Kabalevsky, unlike most other composers, never had trouble with the Soviet regime. Just reading the linernotes to a Naxos cd of Kabalevsky's Piano concertos. The author Richard Whitehouse refers to the notorious Zhdanov decree of 1948. Does anyone know if the story is true that Kabalevsky only avoided being blacklisted by persuading officals to substitute Myaskovky's name for his own?
From: Albert / 19-05-2006 23:24:19
We Dutch are a lucky lot. The Borodin will again visit us with the 13th string quartet. This time in Eindhoven at November 10th 2006. See www.muziekcentrum.nl
From: Дмитрий Горбатов / 19-05-2006 01:58:16
Георгий: «Отар Иоселиани: “Я не знаю, как можно определить, к примеру, таких музыкантов, как Рахманинов. Он что, русский музыкант?” Там вообще много перлов»
А знаете, Иоселиани интересно мыслит! Нет, разумеется, в академической музыке он понимает ровно ноль — но ведь он и не обязан: от такого уникального режиссёра этого вообще вряд ли можно было бы ожидать. Интересно другое: если ему возражать — то как? Какими словами и терминами? В каких категориях?.. Ведь что бы мы ему ни сказали, Отар ответит: «Бездоказательно! Субъективно! Музыка “местного значения”!» — И будет прав (хотя, конечно же, и не прав тоже)!.. Особенно любопытен «наезд» Иоселиани на Чайковского: со статьёй Мясковского «Чайковский и Бетховен» Отар явно не знаком! :-)
From: Георгий / e-mail / 16-05-2006 11:50:02
А Мясковский - русский музыкант?
Казалось бы, идиотский вопрос. Но, как видите, нет:
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/russian/business/newsid_4766000/4766047.stm): "О. Иоселиани: Я не знаю, как можно определить, к примеру, таких музыкантов, как Рахманинов. Он что - русский музыкант? "
Там вообще много перлов.
From: Roger Seery / e-mail / 15-05-2006 19:33:33
Priviet! I'd just like to tell the world that Myaskovsky doen't get half the amount of recognition or credit that he deserves, from the music world or outside it. I have to admit, it wasn't until last year that I started to get interested in his music, but in a very short space of time he has become one of my favourite composers. You Russian people should be proud of this composer because I'm sure if he was British or American, we'd never stop hearing about him from the powers that be. I would encourage anybody to listen to his music, whether with a sophisticated musical ear or not. das vidania!
From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 10-05-2006 21:37:21
I think that Olympia bankrupted itself in issuing their Myaskovsky series. Also. their MD who had pioneered recordings of neglected Russian and Soviet composers (Myaskovsky, Shebalin, Popov, Kabalevsky etc) became very ill. I gather their were also problems over royalties with Svetlanov's widow. All very sad really. Olympia was a great company. The booklet notes by Per Skans were wonderfully informative, entertaining and insightful.
If you like Myaskovsky try Shebalin's Symphony 1 and 5 (if you can find them!) which are very much in the spirit of his teacher.
From: Joop (NL) / 10-05-2006 20:31:20
The Regis label is currently releasing recordings that used to be at the now defunct Olympia label. I presume in due time they will continue Svatlanov's Myaskovsky cycle as well.
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