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The Quest for Originality

Written by Alexander Timofeev.

The above motto was taken from the book by Ctirad Kohoutek “Technique of Composition in the Music of the 20th Century”. The thoughts presented in the book, first published in 1962, definitely invite the curious reader.  

Notes from the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival

Written by Alexander Timofeev.

Between July 16 – 24, 2016, Thailand’s Mahidol University and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra hosted one of the most important events for composers from all around the world - the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival. It featured the participation of distinguished faculty composers - John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis and Mark Adamo. I received the invitation to attend the festival because of my composition 'Phoenix' for Clarinet and Piano – it was selected as the finalist of the festival's competition. 'Phoenix' was premiered by the musicians of Circulo Trio at one of the concerts during the festival week.  

Two Piano Concerti 2001-2003

Written by Alexander Timofeev.

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.  

Barber Piano Sonata: Inner Movements

Written by Alexander Timofeev.

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.