Conductor Igor Blazhkov – about Stravinsky, about modern music, about Shostakovich and about himself
Mravinsky’s pupil Igor Blazhkov, who recently celebrated his eightieth birthday, is known to a whole generation of Soviet music lovers as one of the main propagandists of “new music” in the USSR. He conducted the first performances of Schoenberg, Webern, Ives, Varez, Volkonsky, corresponded with modern composers from all over the world, from Boulez to Stockhausen. Continue reading
The achievements and failures of modern society have deprived the high culture of its former importance. The glorification of an autonomous personality, humanism, tragic and romantic love, apparently, was an ideal only for the passed stage of development. What we see now is not the degeneration of high culture into popular culture, but its refutation of reality. Continue reading
“Etudes in the orchestral character of Florestan and Eusebius” was the name of the cycle. However, the first edition, released in 1837, received the title Symphonic Etudes. There was also another option – “Etudes in the form of variations.” The name that has come down to our days, in my opinion, fairly and accurately characterizes this work. If you pay attention to the texture, you can observe the image of orchestral timbres through the piano (violins, woodwind, brass instruments). Continue reading
People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor Arnold Mikhailovich Katz is one of the most famous people in our city. A lot of books, articles, reviews have been written about this person. But, unfortunately, most of these publications do not explain the riddle of this man’s amazing creative will, which allows him to reappear on the podium after difficult surgical operations1).
They say that in ancient Greece the sounds of the wind musical instrument avlos were used as an anesthetic during surgical operations. Continue reading