International Institute for Culture

 
A MIGHTY HANDFUL - MUSIC OF THE RUSSIAN FIVE
 
TIME:
 
January 27, 2018    7:30 PM       
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:
 
A MIGHTY HANDFUL 
Music of The Russian Five for piano and voice
 
 
TATYANA RASHKOVSKY, mezzo-soprano 
 
‘The Five’ were a group of similar-thinking composers gathered around Mily Balakirev. They essentially created a myth around 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 tried to incorporate in their music what they heard in village songs, in Cossack and Caucasian dances, in church chants and the tolling of church bells (to the point where the bell tolling became a cliché); 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.” 
 
Balakirev made this possible by his study of songs from the Volga in the 1860s. More than any previous anthology, his transcriptions artfully preserved the distinctive aspects of Russian folk music. 
 
MUSIC BY: 
Mily Balakirev 
Cesar Cui 
Modest Mussorgsky 
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
Alexander Borodin 
 
For more information on this concert, or to view the full repertoire, please visit Fine Art Music Company's website www.fineartmusiccompany.com

General: $27/each
Senior: $22/each
Student: $10/each

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