By Nicolas Slonimsky
Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995) was once an influential and celebrated author on tune. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1894, in his one zero one years he taught and coached track; performed the premieres of a number of twentieth century masterpieces; composed works for piano and voice; and oversaw the 5th-8th versions of the vintage Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. starting in 1926, Slonimsky resided within the usa. From his arrival, he wrote provocative articles on modern tune and musicians, lots of whom have been his own pals. operating as a contract writer, he outfitted a wide dossier of reports, articles, or even manuscripts for books that have been by no means released. this can be the second one quantity of a four quantity assortment at the better of this fabric.
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Petersburg Opera used to practice it by chanting the 11syllable Russian sentence “Rimsky-Korsakov sovsem sumasoshol” (Rimsky-Korsakov is absolutely mad). “Rimsky-Korsakov is absolutely mad” were words (in Russian) providing metrical memory key for Sadko chorus. While he had no belief in any mystical correlation between musical sounds and ideas, he did have an instinctive feeling for a correspondence of colors and keys. In his scheme, the major keys possessed these hues: C white D-flat warmly dark D golden E-flat somberly dark E dark blue F bright green F-sharp gray-green G golden brown A-flat violet A roseate, youthful B-flat strong and dark B steely dark Among minor keys, Rimsky-Korsakov had definite associations only for C minor, which was golden yellow, and C-sharp minor, which was purple-red.
Petersburg at periodic sessions and passionately discussed the necessity of creating a true Russian art. The members of the Circle, besides Balakirev himself, were Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakoff. The oldest was Borodin, 33 years of age at the time of the Stasov declaration; the youngest, Rimsky-Korsakoff, was barely 23. The performance of Russian works at a concert attended by foreign dignitaries was an event of no small importance at the time, for the Russians were quite unsure of their ability to match creative powers with acknowledged masters of the West.
Glazunov, the most law-abiding of musicians, broke an unjust law, but the authorities never called him to account. The music of Glazunov suffered an eclipse during the turbulent age of modernism. To the end, Glazunov remained faithful to the ideals of nineteenth-century art. He refused to compromise with dissonant music; but he was unfailingly fair to students of his Conservatory who indulged the passion for modernistic discords, provided they fulfilled their academic requirements. When Sergey Prokofiev, the most gifted alumnus of the St.