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Old 04-23-2022, 02:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Speaking of Shosta, this is him at his most fiery


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rniK...ilGilels-Topic
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Old 05-19-2022, 06:41 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I wonder if the Russian term for MODERNISM triggers the suspicions of todays cultural authorities who have a long history of punishing composers who strayed from the official line.

https://www.mdc.edu/wolfson/academic..._modernism.htm
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Old 05-20-2022, 05:50 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yeah from what I can tell Zhdanovshchina is very much back in force
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Old 05-21-2022, 02:03 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I think Alexander Scriabin deserves a shout in this thread. Might seem strange to describe him as a "modernist" since he belonged to the pre-WW1 generation of Russian composers, but many of his works are really innovative, especially the late ones that flirt with polytonality and even atonality.
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Absolutely. The late Scriabin comes closer to atonality than most of Prokofiev's or Shostakovich's works that I know. These preludes are another great example


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I think Alexander Scriabin deserves a shout in this thread. Might seem strange to describe him as a "modernist" since he belonged to the pre-WW1 generation of Russian composers, but many of his works are really innovative, especially the late ones that flirt with polytonality and even atonality.
Spoiler for Prometheus: The Poem of Fire:
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Spoiler for Vers la flamme, Op. 72:
Thanks for posting those links. My organ teacher made a transcription of those pieces I found almost impossible to get right. Even just reading them now is scary. Great work though (with a subtle undertow of madness?)
Not Russian but I’m reminded of Alkan whose originality, eccentricity and scary technical difficulty is too often ignored.

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The only thing Alcan has in common with Scriabin is that they both feature prominently in the repertoire of Marc-André Hamelin.
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