Semi-Hispanic and semi-French, semi-writer and semi-composer,
half-virtuoso on the organ and half-clown, he was in life
that incredible dual character that later immortalized
in the image of Floridor-Celestin in Mademoiselle Nitouche.
The French composer Florimon Hervé entered the history of music as the founder of the French operetta, and Mademoiselle Nitouche became the most successful, famous and beloved. This operetta is a collection of funny absurdities. The author put into his work a leaven of “foolishness”, proudly trampling too sober, and therefore too boring, “common sense”. In 1845, Florimon Hervé won the competition for an organist’s place in the church of Saint-Estache (Paris). At the same time, he worked in a musical theater. The author actually portrayed a situation from his life Continue reading
The tale of the French writer Charles Pierrot “Sleeping Beauty”, as it turned out, hides many secrets. At least, the creators of the ballet of the same name – composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreographer Marius Petipa and director of the imperial theaters Ivan Vsevolozhsky, who became the author of libretto and costumes – filled the work with hidden meaning, elusive for a superficial look.
One thing is certain with confidence: the ballet Sleeping Beauty is far from a naive tale for children.
The director of the imperial theaters, Prince Ivan Aleksandrovich Vsevolozhsky, gave the idea to put Sleeping Beauty. Former attaché at the Russian embassy in Paris, he adored everything French and actively supported the course of Tsar Alexander III towards the rapprochement of the two countries. Continue reading
More than 170 years have passed since the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Hundreds of books have been written about the great composer, published in various languages around the world. It would seem that all or almost everything is known about the life and work of the composer, and his musical style and innovation have been investigated to the last note. The life of the great composer was filled with many interesting facts. He was always accompanied by a train of gossip and rumors, intensified after death.
Oh that music!
He was born on May 7, 1840 in the factory village of Votkinsk in Udmurtia. Tchaikovsky’s father was a respectable man, he served as the head of the plant in the Urals and maintained a significant family. Yes, and fed poor relatives. Peter, at Continue reading