Music by Georgy Sviridov, Igor Stravinskiy
Choreography by Anatoly Emelianov
“Kursk songs” – the secret breath of the Russian land. Listening to them, it seems that the pictures of the life of our fathers and grandfathers are resurrecting before us, the melody itself opens the door to the long-gone, but painfully native.
Feel what they were, these people, and you realize that they are the same as we are. They experienced, believed, hoped and loved. Truly, the human soul is an uncharted world. And this soul is poured out in “The Kursk songs”. The more you listen to this music, the more you go deeper into this boundless Russian beauty, each time discovering new facets of exciting sounds. In these songs you cannot help falling in love, because they were born from us.
The ballet was staged in association with the “Russian Classic Orchestra” company.
Georgy Sviridov (December 16, 1915 – January 6, 1998), was a Russian neoromantic composer, active in the Soviet era. He is most widely known for his choral music, strongly influenced by the traditional chant of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as his orchestral works which often celebrate elements of Russian culture. Sviridov employed, in his choral music especially, rich and dense harmonic textures, embracing a romantic-era tonality; his works would come to incorporate not only sacred elements of Russian church music, including vocal work for the basso profundo, but also display the influence of Eastern European folk music, 19th-century European romantic composers (especially Tchaikovsky), as well as neoromantic contemporaries outside of Russia. He wrote musical settings of Russian Romantic-era poetry by poets such as Lermontov, Tyutchev and Blok. Sviridov enjoyed critical acclaim for much of his career in the USSR.
Igor Stravinskiy (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) – Russian composer. Citizen of France (1934) and USA (1945).
One of the largest representatives of the world musical culture of the XX century. Stravinsky’s music is distinguished by its stylistic diversity: in the first period of creativity (the most repertoire of his works), it bears a vivid imprint of Russian cultural tradition. The style of the later works gives, among other things, the influence of neoclassicism and the dodecaphony of the New Vienna School.
Stravinsky worked in almost all modern genres. In his creative legacy: operas, ballets, symphonies, cantatas and oratorios, concerts for solo instruments with orchestra, chamber instrumental and vocal music. Stravinsky’s creative career is divided into three periods: Russian, neoclassical and serial.