Sergei Prokofiev is considered one of the largest, influential and most performed composers of the 20th century. He was also a pianist and conductor. Two years ago, to the 120th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, concerts and festivals were organized in Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany and other countries with which the name of the master is associated. Donbass, where the musician was born and his childhood passed, declared 2011 the Year of Prokofiev.
Controversy often flared up around the work of this composer, since eccentricity and originality always cause a controversial reaction. However, not only fans of Prokofiev feel the power and brightness of his talent. What is now Continue reading
“Lady Jazz, adorned with intriguing rhythms, walked a dancewalk through the whole world. But nowhere did she meet a knight who would introduce her as a respected guest into the higher musical community. George Gershwin did this miracle. He boldly dressed this extremely independent and modern lady in classic concert clothes. However, did not diminish the charm. He is the prince who took Cinderella’s hand and openly proclaimed her a princess, provoking the wonder of the world and the rage of her envious sisters, ”said American conductor Walter Damrosh about his compatriot.
The magic of music
George Gershwin’s parents did not violate customs laws when, at the end of the century before last, they moved from Continue reading
“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 Continue reading