Myaskovsky. Dialogues


An exhibit from the Russian National Museum of Music dedicated to the work of N.Ya. Myaskovsky

When/Where: March 9 – 18, 2021, Small Foyer of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Within the framework of the Myaskovsky. Dialogues project the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic and the Russian National Museum of Music present an exhibition dedicated to the composer Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950). It consists of materials and documents from the archives of the Moscow-based Museum of Music - one of the main centers of N. Myaskovsky’s heritage preserving. The exhibition portrays the composer’s life and career in photographs of his childhood and youth, the military education and participation in the First World War, his pictures of different periods of life.

The main focus of the exhibit is on the period of Myaskovsky’s mature composing. On display are the first pages of the author's manuscripts of major works (symphonies, quartets, the Kirov with Us cantata, etc.), materials narrating about Myaskovsky’s collaborations with outstanding contemporary performers (violinist David Oistrakh, conductor Kirill Kondrashin, conductor Ivan Petrov), his life-long friendship with Sergei Prokofiev, his communication with the colleagues and students at the Moscow Conservatory. A special line of the narrative is the story of creation of the Sixth Symphony (1922), one of the most significant works by Myaskovsky.

The life and work of Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky resemble a sensitive tuning fork of the time. His music deeply and expressively reflects on the spirit of the era in which he happened to live and create. The author of a vast musical heritage, a brilliant music critic and publicist, a respectable teacher who brought up many renowned composers, a man of great integrity and modesty, he was shadowed by his brilliantly gifted younger contemporaries. However, the rich legacy of Myaskovsky's music remains largely an unknown area and is still awaiting discovery - by both performers and listeners.

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Music of Soviet and Russian composers in the programmes of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic

From March 9, Archival digital exhibition
When/Where: Interactive whiteboards and website of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic

Nikolai Myaskovsky is one of the three most recognized Russian composers of the Soviet period, along with Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. The first considered him «the greatest symphonist of the twentieth century after Mahler». The second saw him as a musical philosopher who wrote «wise, passionate and introvert» music.

In his work, Myaskovsky connected the relationship between the past and the present of the Russian culture, broken by the revolution. The symphony genre became the focus of his thoughts, searches and the natural form of expression, reflecting all the complexity of his relations with the world around.

Myaskovsky trusted selected conductors to perform his symphonic works. Among the few were Konstantin Saradzhev and Alexander Gauk - mentors of the first conductors of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (former Symphony Orchestra of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic) Mark Paverman (graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in 1930, class of K. Saradzhev) and Alexander Fridlender (graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory in 1933, class of A. Gauk ).

Translation of the captions to be provided soon. Enjoy the pictures!

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Suprematist art exhibit. Anton Taxis

When/Where: March 5 – 22, 2021, Grand Foyer of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

The suprematist exhibition of contemporary artist Anton Taxis is consonant with the project, created in the genre of dialogue with the maestro of the past era, Nikolai Myaskovsky. One of the most prominent post-Soviet suprematism followers, Anton Taxis is leading the dialog with Kazimir Malevich, an outstanding artist of the first half of the twentieth century and Myaskovsky’s contemporary.

Anton Taxis brings Malevich’s ideas of cosmism into the 21st century, filling the seemingly rigid form with new content. The modern author uses the entire arsenal of tools developed in the 20s of the last century. He interprets the Suprematist style as philosophy, as a coded thought. In his exposition, the paintings-interlocutors are «arguing» or «supporting» each other, making up an indivisible whole.

The artist lives and works in Yekaterinburg, he is a member of the Union of Designers of Russia and the Union of Artists of Russia.