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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:25 am 
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The obligatory mazurka submission. :wink:

Don't expect any great or revolutionary music. These are (mostly) very tiny and conventional pieces by a composer, who isn't that famous for his piano oeuvre. But I found them quite accessible, so I decided to record them. According to the two Könemann books with the complete piano works of Glinka (which costed me 3.90 € :lol: ), these should be all mazurkas by this composer.

Please don't ask me for a biography because I don't know if I can afford the time. It already costs me quite a lot of time to do such things in German, and hence it must even be worse in English. Okay, I'll see what I can do.

Edit: Argh, I always do it in the wrong order. :oops:


Mazurka in G major (1828)
Mazurka in A flat major (1834)
Mazurka in F major (1834)
Mazurka in F major (1835)
Mazurka in C minor (1843)
Mazurka in C major (1852)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:26 am 
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Too bad I am at school now. I will have to wait until I am back at home near a computer with speakers. Glinka is among many other not-so-famous Russian composers. You just have to thank Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky for stealing the fame. :lol: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Glinka - Six Mazurkas
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:39 pm 
> Don't expect any great or revolutionary music.

I've heard only 3 of them.
No, it is not. But why do not play it (and as well as you done)?
Glinka.....I remember a russian film on this composer. He meets Liszt,
and who is Liszt in this film? Sviatoslav Richter (you can see this in the film "Richter, the enigma")

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Yes, unpretentious repertoire, I don't think Glinka wrote anything of lasting value for the piano. But it sounds nice and you certainly make the best of it. It will be interesting to have Glinka on the site, I am sure many people wil appreciate PS being a source of music that is hard to find elsewhere.

Of course by introducing a new composer you must now provide the bio... :lol: But do it in German if you prefer, I can translate it.

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 Post subject: Re: Glinka - Six Mazurkas
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:30 am 
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Sandro Bisotti wrote:
> Don't expect any great or revolutionary music.

I've heard only 3 of them.
No, it is not. But why do not play it (and as well as you done)?
Glinka.....I remember a russian film on this composer. He meets Liszt,
and who is Liszt in this film? Sviatoslav Richter (you can see this in the film "Richter, the enigma")

I've heard about this movie, but never watched it. Do you remember the its title?

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Yes, unpretentious repertoire, I don't think Glinka wrote anything of lasting value for the piano.

Hmm, but these six pieces aren't entirely representative. There are also some longer pieces with surprisingly complex and unusual harmonics. I'm going to have a closer look at these soon.

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Of course by introducing a new composer you must now provide the bio... Laughing But do it in German if you prefer, I can translate it.

Okay, okay, give me some time, I'll do it. You seem to do quite well with languages (sometimes, I even need a dictionary to understand your postings :lol: ), but I think it'll be easier if I do it in English. One of the kind native speakers here will correct my mistakes, I hope.

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 Post subject: Re: Glinka - Six Mazurkas
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:21 pm 
I've heard about this movie, but never watched it. Do you remember the its title?

"Richter: the enigma" . It's a film (very fine and interesting , not only
for the music played by Richter) of Bruno Monsaingeon, the same author of all that films
about Glenn Gould.

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No, I meant the movie on Glinka. But it isn't that important, either.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:44 pm 
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No, I meant the movie on Glinka. But it isn't that important, either.


In some russian archive, if there is. Now I call my friend Putin :)

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Any progress in the Biography writing or shall I make a copy/paste/rewrite-and-modify bio?

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robert wrote:
Any progress in the Biography writing or shall I make a copy/paste/rewrite-and-modify bio?

I hope I can do it this weekend.

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Chaotica wrote:
robert wrote:
Any progress in the Biography writing or shall I make a copy/paste/rewrite-and-modify bio?

I hope I can do it this weekend.

Great!

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 Post subject: Re: Glinka - Six Mazurkas
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Chaotica wrote:
According to the two Könemann books with the complete piano works of Glinka (which costed me 3.90 € :lol: ), these should be all mazurkas by this composer.


I think it is solidly played, nothing to niggle from the performance side.

Must however be disappointing to dig for hidden treasures in the music, to dig and dig and not find something useful... So, 3,90 € seems 3,00 € too much paid considering the harmony structure and complexity of those pieces (no offense however!) :lol:

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MindenBlues wrote:
Chaotica wrote:
According to the two Könemann books with the complete piano works of Glinka (which costed me 3.90 € :lol: ), these should be all mazurkas by this composer.


I think it is solidly played, nothing to niggle from the performance side.

Must however be disappointing to dig for hidden treasures in the music, to dig and dig and not find something useful... So, 3,90 € seems 3,00 € too much paid considering the harmony structure and complexity of those pieces (no offense however!) :lol:

I hope to find something worth the 3 € once I have had a closer look at the serious pieces. :wink:

Besides that, I also paid only 9.75 € for Balakirev's complete piano music and the sonata and some of his mazurkas are really excellent music. :)

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Chaotica wrote:
Besides that, I also paid only 9.75 € for Balakirev's complete piano music and the sonata and some of his mazurkas are really excellent music. :)

Ha ! I have that 5-volume set too, and it cost me considerably more. Still cheap though, and great value for money. All of B's piano music is excellent, not just the sonata and some of the Mazurkas.

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I was starting to put these up the site, and was wondering if they have any opus numbers ?

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techneut wrote:
I was starting to put these up the site, and was wondering if they have any opus numbers ?

Könemann has neither opus numbers or any numbering, just the year of composition. The same with another scores I found on the net. So you can either name the files after tonality and year like I did or you can create your own numbering (why not? :) ).

I'll post the bio tomorrow.

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Chaotica wrote:
Besides that, I also paid only 9.75 € for Balakirev's complete piano music and the sonata and some of his mazurkas are really excellent music. :)

Ha ! I have that 5-volume set too, and it cost me considerably more. Still cheap though, and great value for money. All of B's piano music is excellent, not just the sonata and some of the Mazurkas.

I wouldn't call all of these works excellent as I wouldn't do with any composer, but there are a lot, of course. It's just that I found the mazurkas and the sonata the most interesting.

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Here's the text:

Life

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka was born in 1804 in Novospasskoye near Smolensk in western Russia into a rich family of landowners. In his early years, he was profoundly educated at home and played the violin and the piano. His first musical impressions were Russian folk songs and chants, church bells and his neighbouring uncle's private orchestra. The latter allowed him to practice conducting and to explore the possibilities of an orchestra. Besides that, Glinka heard these musicians playing a clarinet quintet by Finnish composer Bernhard Crusell, which turned out to be important for his decision to start a musical career. From 1818 to 1822 he went to an exclusive school in St. Petersburg, where he took three piano lessons from Irish composer John Field. He then studied with Carl Meyer, one of Field's pupils, and also took singing lessons and began composing.

From 1824 to 1828, Glinka worked in the Department of Public Highways, a job that left him enough time for his musical activities. During that time, he composed preferably light music for dilettantes and listened to many of Rossini's operas. In 1830, after he had left government service, Glinka travelled to Italy, where he met Donizetti, Bellini, Mendelssohn and Berlioz. He also studied counterpoint and composition with German theorist Siegfried Dehn in Berlin in 1833, who helped him a lot with developing his style. After his father's death, Glinka returned to Russia. During the following period, he often met Russian artists and intellectuals.

On December 9, 1836, his first opera "A Life for the Tsar" premiered as an attempt to melt Russian styles with Italian Belcanto. This patriotic work was a great success and allowed him to become the instructor of the famous Imperial Chapel Choir. The following opera named "Ruslan and Lyudmila", first produced on December 9, 1842, is based on a fairy tale by Alexander Pushkin and thus resembling Mozarts "Zauberflöte". It could not gain the same popularity though, which disappointed Glinka. The second was his last opera.

From 1844 on, Glinka often travelled through Europe again. In Paris, he had the opportunity to work with Berlioz and his stay in Spain in 1845 resulted in some successful Spanish overtures. Later, he also met Giacomo Meyerbeer and studied with Siegfried Dehn again. He supported the young Balakirev, which turned out to be important for the further development of Russian music. He suddenly died as a result of a cold in Berlin in 1857.


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Glinka was often called the father of Russian classical music, mostly because of the influence of the "Mighty Five" in the second half of the nineteenth century. This group of composers, that included Balakirev, utilized Glinka's music to establish a nationalistic Russian way of composition - in contrast to conservative, "more western" composers like Anton and Nikolai Rubinstein or Tchaikovsky. But this was a simplification. Glinka only tried to integrate Russian elements into western musical structures as he was not very interested in politics. His music should rather be judged in the context of the early nineteenth century.

Nevertheless, these conflicts made his symphonic and chamber works and his operas quite popular - not only in Russia. Glinka was the first significant Russian composer who composed for orchestra due to his early experiences with his uncle's orchestra. While his early, sometimes immature works (not so his dark "Trio Pathétique", composed in 1832) show a distinct Italian influence, his later works like the fantasy "Kamarinskaya" (premiered in 1850) were indeed very important for later Russian composers, though not as political as suggested by the "Mighty Five".

Glinka composed little for piano and most of these pieces are yet to explore. Besides a number of very short miniatures like the mazurkas, there are many variation works, mostly upon opera themes, and the longer "Valse-Fantaisie", which the composer later orchestrated. His "Patriotic Song", originally set for piano and without lyrics, was the Russian national anthem from 1990 to 2000.



Feel free to correct any errors. (Please do! :oops: :wink: )

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A splendid bio Jan-Felix, thanks a lot. No errors to be seen, I only made a handful of tiny cosmetic changes.

Hehe, 3 piano lessons from Field. No wonder his piano oeuvre is a bit inconsequential :wink:

The Mazurkas are up, please check for errors. I'll put up a Glinka photo later.
And thanks for adding another interesting new composer to the site !

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