A MIGHTY HANDFUL
Music of The Russian Five
TATYANA RASHKOVSKY, mezzo-soprano
KATARZYNA SALWINSKI, piano
ROLLIN WILBER, piano
‘The Five’ were a group of similar-thinking composers gathered around Mily Balakirev. They essentially created a myth about themselves as a musical movement that was more ‘authentically Russian’ than the classic music of the Conservatory, by composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Along with Balakirev, were Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin.
Their moniker, ‘A Mighty Handful,’ was coined by the influential Russian cultural critic, Vladimir Stasov, who advocated for a purer ‘Russianness’ in their music over the hold of European influences.
They worked to incorporate what they heard in village songs, in Cossack and Caucasian dances, in church chants and the tolling of church bells. Their music became filled with imitative sounds of Russian life. They also tried to reproduce the long-drawn, lyrical and melismatic peasant song, what Glinka had once called ‘the soul of Russian music.’
Pictures At An Exhibition, piano solo, by Mussorgsky
Song of the Lel, from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, The Snow Maiden
Nastala Noch from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, “Kashchey the Immortal”
The Lark, by Mikhail Glinka, transcribed for piano solo by Balakirev
Songs by Borodin, Cui and Balakirev
Piano pieces by Boridin and Cui
The Soul Flew Quietly Through the Celestial Sky [Tolstoy] by Mussorgsky
Scherzo #1 in F major, for Four-Hand Piano, by Cui
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
IVY HALL – International Institute for Culture
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