For the third year running, the Classics a Day team chose to honor May Day. For the month of May, Soviet musicians are the theme. Last year I posted music by Soviet prize-winners. 

This time, I’m simply walking my way through the alphabet (Latin, not Cyrillic). The music I discovered proved anything but ordinary. Here are my posts for the first week of #SovietaDay.

5/1/19 Vasif Adigozalov (1935-2006) – Piano Concerto No. 4

Azerbaijan composer Adigozalov often incorporated folk music into his compositions. He wrote in many genres, including film, operetta, and popular songs.

 

5/2/19 Arno Babajanian (1921-1983)- Elegie in Memory of Khachaturian

Armenian composer Babajanian owes his start to Khachaturian. Kachaturian recommended the 5-year-old begin training, and 2 years later he began his musical studies.

 

5/3/19 Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)- To Thee I sing, Op. 27 No. 2

Chesnokov was a choir director and wrote over 500 choral works. Most of them were sacred, which prevented them from being performed during the Soviet Era.