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.
5/6/19 Issay Dobrowen – Piano sonata No. 2 Op. 10
Dobrowen studied with Taneyev in Moscow and worked with Nikolai Medtner. He left the USSR in 1922 and emigrated to Norway.
5/7/19 Heino Eller (1887-1970) – Symphony No 1 In modo mixolydio
Estonian composer Eller founded the Tartu Schoool of Composition. Its students include Edward Tubin and Arvo Part.
5/8/19 Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) – Piano Sonata No. 8
Feinberg was a pianist. Most of his compositions were for the instrument, including 12 sonatas and 3 concertos.
5/9/19 German Galynin (1922-1966)- Piano Concerto No. 1
Galynin studied with Shostakovich. It may be why Galynin’s piano concerto was cited for formalism by Khrennikov in 1948.
5/10/19 Soltan Hajibeyov (1919-1974)- Symphony No. 2
Hajibeyov is regarded as one of the founders of the classical music tradition in Azerbaijan. In addition to 2 symphonies, he’s noted for his theater works.