When: Wednesdays, Oct 16 – Dec 11, 1:00-3:00pm No class Nov 27

Where: Rincon Congregational Church

Cost: $185.00 for 8 session(s)


Instructor: Alex Tentser studied piano performance at the celebrated Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow.
Alex Tentser

From the Sources to Modernity

The Russian Golden Age was the first true blossoming of arts in this country during the first half of the 19th century. The peak of Romanticism in Russia was reached in dramatic and virtuosic compositions by Tchaikovsky and “fairy-tale” operas by Rimsky – Korsakov.

At the end of the 19th century Russian poets and writers began experimenting with symbolism in a period referred to as the Russian Silver Age. In music, symbolism found expression in the mystical compositions of Alexander Scriabin and early works of Sergei Prokofiev.

Gradually, a new generation of modernists developed. Stravinsky’s ballets Petroushka and The Rite of Spring initially caused an immense scandal. Sergei Prokofiev’s operas The Fiery Angel and The Love of Three Oranges and his first three piano concertos were seen as extremely modernist and avant-garde works at the time.

After the death of Vladimir Lenin, the Communist Party clamped down on creativity and persecuted composers involved with modernism which they associated with the values and lifestyle of capitalism. The Silver Age ended around 1925 and a new era, often called “social realism” was officially pronounced in 1929.

In this unique blend of lecture and piano performance, you’ll hear the works of Mikhail Glinka, Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich as you learn about the evolution of Russian music.

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