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JAN FRENKEL: FOR JOY OF ALL

“Cranes” alone would have been more than enough for Jan Frenkel to enter the history of music and become a popularly loved composer. But “Russian Field”, “Old Waltz”, “Chase”, “Textile Town” and other compositions became just as popular. “My song is me,” said Yan Abramovich, revealing each time a completely different facet of his talent.

Violin as a medicine
Having once picked up a violin, a four-year-old boy began to realize his father’s dream to make a famous musician out of his son. Then the instrument literally saved the life of the child. In childhood, he was constantly overcome by illness. And when the doctors discovered the boy’s tuberculosis, they issued a terrible sentence – any draft could kill little Jan. Then the father found a way to tie his son to the house and almost did not let him out on the street – he gave him a violin, made him play for several hours, instilled a love of music, which predetermined the fate of his offspring.

Jan was born in the family of the Kiev hairdresser Abram Frenkel on November 21, 1920. composer Jan Frenkel According to official sources. In fact, this happened only five years later, but more on that later. In the meantime, the boy pored over musical writing under the watchful supervision of his father, who was self-taught. Ian recalled that his father’s hairdressing services were constantly accompanied by musical accompaniment. Apologizing to the client, Abram Natanovich approached Yan and silently tugged at his ear, making it clear that he had faked, then turned around and returned to work. From childhood, the elder Frenkel convinced the younger that the further life directly depends on the quality of his game. The wise Jewish father was right.

Talented young man
The story did not preserve accurate information about where the young Jan Frenkel was heard by Yakov Magazin, a well-known teacher of the Kiev Music College, but this meeting ended for the future musician immediately enrolling in third grade. The level of his game hit the professor. It was not difficult for Jan to enter the Moscow Conservatory in the violin department. There he honed his mastery under the direction of composer Jan Frenkeltogo of the same Storer, and professor Boris Lyatoshinsky taught him the composition.

The Great Patriotic War found Jan a student at the conservatory. The young man decided in one day to “grow up” and forged documents for himself, according to which he became five years older. In the Orenburg anti-aircraft school, where he went to enter, no one had any doubts about the veracity of the information about the age, because Jan was already almost two meters tall and had a strong physique at the age of 15. The atmosphere of the school inspired Jan to write the first song in his life called “The Pilot Along the Lane.”

Jan Frenkel was taken to the front from the school. He fought for a year, and then was seriously wounded. The hospital physician almost put an end to the wounded cross, counting only on a miracle, and it happened. Ian recovered and even went to the artistic brigade, which raised morale to the soldiers until the end of the war. There was a bright spot in these difficult years – the young musician met at the front with his future wife Natalya Melikova. A wise woman who was 14 years older than Jan became his companion for life.

Jan Frenkel in musical slavery
After the war, the family stayed in Moscow. Like many at that time, they huddled in a communal apartment, where their only daughter Nina was born there. The main attributes of the room were a piano and a cabinet with notes. composer Jan Frenkel For many years, Yan Abramovich played in the capital’s restaurants in the evenings to feed his family, and during the day he worked as a “musical slave” for eminent members of the USSR Union of Composers – copied scores for them and made arrangements for their works.

After the first war song, 18 long years passed. During this time, Jan Frenkel accumulated within himself such a potential that literally shot a series of songs that he liked all over the country. This happened thanks to his friend, composer Oscar Feltsman. He introduced Frenkel to the talented poets Mikhail Tanich, Konstantin Vanshenkin, Robert Rozhdestvensky, Inna Goff, who co-authored the touching and sincere songs “Textile Town”, “Old Waltz” and others.

But then he could not even compare himself with such venerable composers as Mark Fradkin, Nikita Bogoslovsky, Eduard Kolmanovsky or Alexander Pakhmutov.

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