"the Russian requiem"
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Sep. 1st, 2013 | 02:04 pm
posted by: justmodestgirl in classical_music
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Sergey Taneev is a Russian composer, pianist, teacher and scientist. He was the favourite pupil and close friend of Tchaikovsky. A musician of a huge outlook, faultless taste and a man of the highest moral purity and responsibility.
Taneev's contemporaries unanimously were noting in him enormous will, optimism, surprising modesty, sincere purity, keenness and high principles of judgments, and were calling the composer "conscience of musical Moscow".
One of original hobbies of the composer was Esperanto. With it he wrote the majority of his diaries.
Taneev's composer heritage is great on scales and is varied on genres; in it are presented both the opera and the symphony, as well as original vocal lyrics. His creativity is noted for its depth and nobility of plans, its high ethics and a philosophical orientation, its restraint of the statement, and for its skill. In his compositions he gravitated to moral and philosophical themes
The cantata "St. John of Damascus" - based on the poem of Alexey Tolstoy - is deservedly recognized by "the Russian requiem". At the beginning it is possible to see the speechless desert, a mountain crevice, and a silent funeral procession. The dynamics increase gradually and reach their apocalyptic climax – the fugue " On that day when the trumpet will sound". Listening to this part of the cantata you involuntarily start imagining the angel horseback riders who have gone mad from the call of a Pre-eternal pipe. It is no longer a prayer for the dead, but terrible reminder about the Last Judgement and fragility of the terrestrial world.
I want to share this brightest and shrill part of the cantata, but, of course, I advise to listen to this work of genius from the beginning to the end.