Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Spiritually Time-Warped Envoy To Galina Ustvolskaya

Composer Galina Ustvolskaya, who was born in 1919 in her beloved Petrograd, Russia; died on December 22, 2006, in her, again, beloved Petersburg, Russia. I look forward to reexploring her powerful expressionist and religious music of the 20th century, and encourage others to do so too.

I was unaware of her passing when I last posted here on December 24 and 31; and was again yesterday as I listened, on my return flight from Ukraine, Poland, and London, to Valery Gergiev and Yuri Bashmet perform the August 18, 2006 London Proms concert featuring Shostakovich, Schnittke's Viola Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #6.


Last Thursday, my wife -- who works as an assistant to Peter I. Tchaikovsky's great grand nephew -- and I listened to the Wroclaw Academic Chamber Orchestra expertly perform, in the historic Marian Oratorio of the Leopoldium Collegium (Wroclaw University) [where Brahms received an honorary musical doctorate from the city and university fathers of Prussian Breslau, Germany] works by Lipinsky [a clarinet concerto], T. Baird, and Villa Lobos [his guitar concerto]. Alas, the expert musicians were not able also to incorporate a chamber music tribute to Galina Ustvolskaya. Perhaps the ensemble will honor her with a full program when Wroclaw soon assumes the position --following Krakow [and Sibiu, Romania] -- of 'European' Capital City of Culture.


Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, with Wu Man, at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 24, 2007.

Perhaps there could be an addition of a work by Galina Ustvolskaya?

Galina Ustvolskaya, 1919-2006

Photo credit: Boosey and Hawkes. With thanks.


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