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Semester Presenta+on Karen Johnson

Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin

Born December 16, 1932 in Moscow.

Married Maya Plisetskaya in 1958, a Russian Ballet Dancer.

Specialist in Russian Folk Music, but incorporated Jazz and Pop in his music.

Virtuoso pianist and organist.

Composed over 125 works in his career.

Jazz and Pop in his music. •   Virtuoso pianist and organist. •   Composed over

Highlight Overview

1961 Not Only Love Opera – cancelled aQer its premiere.

1967 Carmen Suite

1968 Refused to sign an open leTer in support of the invasion troops from the Warsaw Pact.

1972 Anna Karenina

Chairman of the Composers’ Associa+on of the Russian Federa+on.

Succeeded Dmitri Shostakovich at Shostakovich’s wishes and since 1989, he has been the honorary president.

•   Succeeded Dmitri Shostakovich at Shostakovich’s wishes and since 1989, he has been the honorary
•   Succeeded Dmitri Shostakovich at Shostakovich’s wishes and since 1989, he has been the honorary

Not Only Love – An Opera

WriTen in Shchedrin’s early 20s.

World Premiere 1961 in Moscow.

Cancelled aQer the premiere.

Concept was a middle-aged woman falling for a 17-year-old boy.

Shchedrin felt it failed because the director wasn’t courageous enough to use a middle-aged woman. He used a younger woman.

felt it failed because the director wasn’t courageous enough to use a middle-aged woman. He used

Carmen Suite – A Ballet

Carmen Suite – A Ballet •   WriTen by Shchedrin at the request of his wife,

WriTen by Shchedrin at the request of his wife, Maya. Based on the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. Arranged for strings and percussion. Originally banned by the Soviet Union as it was considered “disrespec`ul: to the opera. Become his best known work and has had much success in the West. A highly entertaining retelling of Bizet’s opera.

Anna Karina – A Ballet

World Premiere in 1972. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. Choreographed by Shchedrin’s wife Maya, who also starred in the ballet.

on Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. •   Choreographed by Shchedrin’s wife Maya, who also starred in

Life as a Composer

His Works:

6 Operas

5 Ballets

Over 125 Composi+ons

6 Operas •   5 Ballets •   Over 125 Composi+ons His Thoughts on Composing: •

His Thoughts on Composing:

Tries to be interes+ng when composing.

He looks first to the reac+on of the orchestra on if they like a piece. AQer that, he looks to the audience.

He doesn’t look to the reac+on of the cri+c.

He wants musical power over the audience and the orchestra.

1976 Correspondent member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts 1983 Honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the GDR 1984 Recipient of the Lenin Prize 1985 Honorary member of the "Interna+onal Music Council” 1989 Member of the Berlin Academy of Arts 1992 Russian State Prize 1993 Dmitri Schostakowitsch Prize and Crystal Awards, World Economic Forum, Davos 1997 Honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory 2001 Final nomina+on fort the "Grammy Awards" for the best contemporary composi+on ("Concerto Cantabile") 2002 "Composer of the Year" of the PiTsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Medal for Service to the Russian state 2005 Honorary professor at the St Petersburg State Conservatory 2007 "Order of merit of the Russian Federa+on" second degree 2008 Honorary professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and The German Music Award "Echo Klassik 2008" for the choral opera "Boyarina Morozova " in the category "Opera recording of the year - XX-XXI century” 2009 The Russian Theatre Award “Golden Mask” in the category “Best composi+onal work for opera” for the opera "The Enchanted Wanderer” 2010 Nomina+on for the “Grammy 2011” in the category “Best Classical Contemporary Composi+on” (A Composer’s Award) for the opera "The Enchanted Wanderer” 2012 „Moscow Award in Literature and the Arts 2012“ for the Russian choral opera „ Boyarina Morozova “ and Awarded with the Russian Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” 4th Class

Bibliography

hTp://www.schoT-music.com/shop/persons/featured/rodion-shchedrin/

hTp://www.sikorski.de/340/en/shchedrin_rodion.html

hTp://www.shchedrin.de

hTp://www.kcstudio.com/shchedrin3.html

hTp://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/theartsdesk-qa-composer-rodion-shchedrin

Miscellaneous photographs from the internet

Naughty Limericks – Concerto for Orchestra

Naughty Limericks was composed when Rodion Shchedrin was 30 years old and was one of the earliest of his works to be performed outside his country. It was given its first performance in September 1963 by the Moscow Radio Symphony. Walter Hendle conducted the Na+onal Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of this work in 1967. Of interest is when Walter Hendle conducted at NSO for the first performance of the piece, he stopped and indicated that according to a note in the piece the end, “may be performed at the op+on of the conductor, in the event of a public success—at which +me the audience erupted in applause. It is now a permanent conclusion.

It has been billed as “Mischievous Diqes” or “Mischievous Melodies”.

applause. It is now a permanent conclusion. It has been billed as “Mischievous Diqes” or “Mischievous

Naughty Limericks – Concerto for Orchestra

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0:45

1:42

2:28

3:30

4:16

5:17

6:04

6:42

7:35

8:08

Music starts out with harmony of multiple instruments in a fast paced. The piccolo at 0:14 is very sing- songy. Reminiscent of a bird singing. The music melds miscellaneous instruments to create an arc. Then goes into the lower sounds creating some drama.

Drums are being beat and there are little snippets of sound then it sounds like trumpets begin to play.

A high-energy sound is created by strings, with harmony being played.

A beat created by brass with some tapping in the background increases the dynamics.

The background instruments slow down the beat, then other instruments come back in and increase the tempo. There are quite a few different instruments playing all together to let you know that something is reaching a climactic point.

Increase in the rhythmic energy and keeps steady for approximately :25 until it crests.

Staccato sounds, then builds to the arc with multiple instruments playing.

Reminiscent of circus music. The way the beats are put together. The drums are playing in the background, increasing the speed of the piece, going faster and faster until it stops, then one last beat after a pause.

In the Style of Albeniz, Op. 52 for Violin and Piano

In the Style of Albeniz, Op. 52 for Violin and Piano The piece was composed when

The piece was composed when Mr. Shchedrin was at the Moscow Conservatory studying composi+ons and piano. The structure of the piece is ABA form. Mr. Shchedrin wrote the piece when he was 20 years old. Shchedrin dedicated the piece to his future wife. It was originally one of a set of ten pieces that was wriTen for solo piano. It has also been transcribed for cello and also piano and trumpet.

The piece has a Spanish flair, reminiscent of tango dance music.

In the Style of Albeniz, Op. 52 for Violin and Piano

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0:49

1:02

1:57

3:02

4:07

The music starts with the piano playing the first part of the piece. The sounds are similar to a dum, dum, da, da, da, dum. At approximately 0:12 the violin enters. The music has high intensity.

The rhythm speeds up to a fast rhythm using the same harmony as before.The violin plays a long note prior to next increase.

The music goes down the scale both with the piano and the violin. Then pauses briefly and goes back to the same melody as before.

The music progresses into a tango dance music. The violin and the piano mesh to do a few "steps", then slows down for what I imagine to be a slow and close dance number, then the music increases in intensity to the crest. The violin appears to be plucking at the strings. Then the piano joins in. The speed starts to increase.

The music starts to build intensity, the same notes as the beginning, when it crests and goes back up and down the scale.

The End.

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