January 6 - the birthday of the hymn "God Save the Tsar"
January 6, 1834 the anthem "God Save the Tsar!" Was adopted as the anthem of the Russian Empire. It was first publicly performed the day before, on December 18, 1833,…

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January 6 - the birthday of the hymn "God Save the Tsar"
January 6, 1834 the anthem "God Save the Tsar!" Was adopted as the anthem of the Russian Empire. It was first publicly performed the day before, on December 18, 1833,…

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Mariinsky Theater is ready to answer for the "editing" of Handel
The reader contacted the editorial office of Fontanka, who visited the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall on December 5 at the performance of Handel’s oratorio “Messiah”. According to him, the work…

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Semantics of keys …

The process of establishing a certain emotional content for each key continued in the music of Viennese classics and covered almost their entire list in the music of romantics, both Western European and Russian.

And here the same thing is possible as the perception of music in color. The color ear was distinguished by very few composers (Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, for example), but with some coincidences both in individual notes and tonalities, their perception was different. Continue reading

Live music or a museum of sounds?

It has been a good two decades since Norman Lebrecht published his sensational book “Who Killed Classical Music”, and then other works on the same topic. Soon, a wide discussion arose around the world about whether real music would survive, in which leading critics, managers and bloggers from different countries took part, including such authorities as Greg Sandow, Alex Ross, Colin Itok, Deborah Borda, Leon Botstein and others . Disputes continue to this day, the problem is actively debated on Internet forums. Our critics and musicologists are still silent … Continue reading

Castrati singers in the Italian opera of the XVII – XVIII centuries

In modern historiography of opera, the role and significance of castrati singers is not sufficiently illuminated and causes even some bewilderment. Meanwhile, the development of Italian opera in the era of Baroque and Classicism was determined by the leading position and singing skills of sopranists and contralists, mainly in the genre of opera-seria of the 18th century. Continue reading

STAKHEVICH A. G. SPIRITUAL MUSIC P. G. CHESNOKOV
The life and work of the outstanding Russian composer Pavel Grigoryevich Chesnokov (1877-1944) was devoted to the choral art of the Orthodox Church. Chesnokov’s spiritual musical heritage has been little…

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Russian violinist Khandoshkin and 18th century culture
Ivan Evstafievich Handoshkin - the founder of Russian violin playing. A talented musician is a self-taught person. He was tireless. Persistent and stubborn fighter for the development of an original…

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Russian violinist Khandoshkin and 18th century culture
Ivan Evstafievich Handoshkin - the founder of Russian violin playing. A talented musician is a self-taught person. He was tireless. Persistent and stubborn fighter for the development of an original…

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Features of the piano texture in the works of F. Liszt (from the experience of accompanist)
List's first experiments in the field of vocal music (three sonnets of Petrarch) relate to a stay in Italy, i.e. by 1938-39 years. During the years of wandering, cycles of…

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