Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Renaissance Research "Conservatory Project" Pop Quiz: "The Ability To Channel An Initial Burst Of Energy Into A Large-Scale Musical Event"

What major new work of American classical music displays 'an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear'?


'Trochenbrod or Trochinbrod in Russian (Ukrainian: Трохимбрід, Trokhymbrid) was a Jewish shtetl (village) with an area 1,728 acres (6.99 km2) once located in what is now western Ukraine but which used to be a part of Poland, about 30 kilometers northeast ... of Lutsk, Ukraine. It was also known as Sofievka or Zofiówka in Polish, named after Sofia, a Russian princess who donated land for the Jewish settlement. [Several places in Poland and Ukraine share this name].' It is in the general vicinity of Ustilug, Ukraine, where Igor Stravinsky, and his family, maintained a summer dacha, and where the composer conceived of several early works including his early Firebird ballet. [Ustilug was founded in 1150 C.E., while Trokhymbrid was founded in 1835 C.E.]


Photo credit: Trochenbrod/Trochinbrod/Trokhymbrid/Zofiówka. (c) Ryszard Lubinsky via washingtonpost.com. Copyright controlled.


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