Vasilisa

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Choreography by Anatoly Emelianov

Over the far lands, in the thirtieth Kingdom there lived the girl Vasilisa. She lived alone since her parents died long time ago. She was kind girl, helped people, animals and birds. Once in the spring, when she was walking in a birch grove, she met a good young man Ivan. They liked each other, agreed to meet tomorrow at the same place. Kikimors, servants of Kashchei the Immortal, saw them and reported to their master about the extraordinary beauty of Vasilisa. Wanted Kashchei, so that the beauty was his wife and kidnapped her.

Kashchei brought Vasilisa to her Kingdom, offers his countless wealth to her, if only she would become his wife. But Vasilisa does not want anything from him – she wants to return home to his beloved. Ivan learned that Kaschey the Immortal had stolen Vasilisa and wondered how could Kaschey be defeated. He went to Baba Yaga to ask her how to overcome the immortality of Kashchei. She regretted Ivan and gave him a magic sword.

It is long way for Ivan to the Kashchei’s Kingdom, but the Kikimors want to knock him down the road. Here at last he got to the place where Kaschei with his servants was waiting and want to kill Ivan. Ivan entered the battle with evil spirits. He is brave, and the magic sword helped. Finally he defeated Kashchei the Immortal in a terrible battle and saved Vasilisa from captivity.

They Got to their home and celebrated the wedding glorious. They began to live happily ever.

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1 April 20 March 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor of the late Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the Romantic repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 having already composed several piano and orchestral pieces. In 1897, following the negative critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. For the next sixteen years, Rachmaninoff conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, relocated to Dresden, Germany, and toured the United States for the first time.

Following the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia; in 1918, they settled in the United States, first in New York City. With his main source of income coming from piano and conducting performances, demanding tour schedules led to a reduction in his time for composition; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six works, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. By 1942, his failing health led to his relocation to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninoff was granted American citizenship.

In Rachmaninoff’s work, early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers gave way to a personal style notable for its song-like melodicism, expressiveness and rich orchestral colors.[ Rachmaninoff often featured the piano in his compositions, and he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument through his own skills as a pianist.