In September 2001, I have heard the first rumors that Zlata Tkach, my composition teacher, was working on a new composition - a Piano Concerto. Her most recent connection to piano at the time was formulated in Sonata-Impromptue, on Jewish Folklore (1996) – a 4-minute one-movement piece that featured the perpetual rhythmic figure, interesting thematic substance with specific “Jewish” intonations, leaps, syncopations, all charged with her signature dynamisms, energy and a big, expressive, intervalic melody.
Everyone is speaking about the fantastic organization of the recent 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition – it was indeed an amazing musical event. Now, as the gala concert buzz still echoes, it is time to look at the results - not at the prizewinners but at the music.
November 2, 2013. Philadelphia Orchestra performed three concerts this week for the enjoyment of its audience – three concerts that presented commissions of new works. The Saturday night program included two recent pieces – Behzad Ranjbaran's Flute Concerto, and David Ludwig's Bassoon Concerto. In addition, for the opening, the orchestra played Bernstein's fast-paced and brilliant Overture to Candide, and closed the concert with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.
For a few weeks every summer, Chisinau hosts an international music festival for piano enthusiasts. These concerts, consisting of works for piano and orchestra, feature talented performers from EU, chiefly from France, (the Alliance Francaise is the founder of the festival), and often showcase local talents, young as well as established artists of Moldova and neighboring Romania. For more than a decade, this musical event continues to build an excellent reputation for its organizers as well as to gather immense interest from the public - the concert venues are always sold-out.
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), one of the most celebrated American composers of the 20th century, is known for an individual style that combined the classical ideas of form and textural and melodic clarity with contemporary techniques.
Theater, literature, painting, sculpture and music – the 19th century European cities have seen a vast array of prodigies and gifted artists who gained inspiration from various artistic experiences.
Composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is closely associated with the Impressionist movement in art which took place at the crossing of the 19th and 20th centuries. Claude Monet’s famous paining Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) of 1872 is suggested to have coined the term Impressionism.
Рукопись Второй Сонаты я получил в Апреле 2004, примерно за месяц перед моим возвращением в Кишинев на летние каникулы. Вспоминаю то душевное волнение которое испытал, когда взял в руки и начал расскадывать страницы, только что отпринтированные из интернета. Вместе с нотами Злата Мойсеевна передавала мне самые теплые пожелания успеха и великодушное Посвящение, которое являясь для меня бесценным сокровищем, тем не менее было и серьезным испытанием.
Since the second half of the 19th century, Russian composers’ contribution to the piano literature became an ongoing effort that started to exert influence on the development of Western piano music. Although connected by a common heritage of culture and its satellites - language, tradition, folk music - Russian composers showed a multitude of approaches in their treatment of the piano medium.