Concertmaster Aspects
Currently, accompaniment is the most common form of performance for pianists, one of the most sought-after professions in the field of special musical education. The scope of accompaniment is very…

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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…

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Chamber evening
I was lucky to be a guest of the world opera star at her chamber concert in the Small Philharmonic Hall. Veronika Dzhioeva sang Russian music. Glinka, Varlamov, Bulakhov, Dargomyzhsky,…

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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

Instrumental heterophony in the partit "seven words" by Sofia Gubaidulina
1. The semantic capacity of instrumental heterophony If the heterophony of Russian polyphonic singing is an act of collective creativity with its own intonation and sonor spectrum, then the semantic…

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Metronome (from a series of articles on the use of technical means when learning to play a musical instrument)
The idea of ​​a “musical chronometer” has been in the air since the beginning of the 19th century. Previously, composers indicated the nature of the work verbally, for example, “fun”,…

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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…

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Musical drama of sonata allegro and its study in piano lessons
In the musical and performing development of high school students, a special place is occupied by work on large-scale works. Already in grades 3-4, on the basis of sonatine literature…

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