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Glinka-Balakirev: The Lark

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  1. Tobias

    Tobias New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Dear friends,

    here is another part of my little transcriptomania collection.... :wink:
    MP3 attached, and here is the video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOSDN-iMRcw&fmt=18

    As always, I'd be happy to hear any kind of comments and criticism!

    P.S. Here is a little bit of background info:

    "The Lark" was originally No. 10 of a group of twelve songs that Glinka wrote in 1840 and entitled "Farewell to St. Petersburg". Mili Balakirev, born 1836, got to know Glinka in 1855 and admired him deeply. Glinka stimulated Balakirev to start composing. He has paraphrased several of Glinka's works, "The Lark" being the most famous of them. This work owes to Glinka the exceptionally beautiful and sad melody, and to Balakirev the wonderful flowing figuration.


    Glinka-Balakirev - The Lark
     
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    Thank you very much for this wonderful moment of music. I was captivated by your performance.
     
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    Sounded nice, Tobias. I will take care of this and look at your video tomorrow.
     
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    Hi Tobias,

    I had not heard this piece for awhile, so it was nice to hear it again tonight. It's a charming piece and you play it with care, a fine technique and with much expression. The coda is very beautiful bringing the work to an effective close as the lark flies away. Nice job!

    David
     
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    Hi again, Tobias.

    I have this file tagged and uploaded, but I'm not sure where to put it. Glinka wrote the lieder but Balakirev made the transcription, and many times the transcription is more famous than the original. So I'm thinking of adding a sub-category of "transcriptions" on the Balakirev page and putting this file there. Do you agree with that?

    Also - as I promised you - here is the English translation of Glinka's lieder:

    Russian:


    Zhavoronok

    Mezhdu nebom i zemljoj pesnja razdajotsja,
    Neiskhodnoju strujoj gromche gromche ljotsja.
    Ne vidat' pevca polej gde pojot tak gromko
    Nad podruzhen'koj svojej zhavoronok zvonkij.

    Veter pesenku nesjot, a komu, ne znaet.
    Ta komy, ona pojmjot, ot kovo, uznajet!
    Lejcja, pesenka moja pesn' nadezhdy sladkoj
    Kto-to vspomnit pro menja i vzdokhnjot ukradkoj.



    English:

    The Lark

    Between the sky and the earth a song is heard
    An unending stream of sound pours louder, louder.
    Unseen is the singer in the field where sings so loudly
    Above his mate the sonorous skylark.

    The wind carries the song, to whom, it does not know.
    She to whom it is sung, she will understand who it is from.
    Pour on, my song of sweet hope
    Someone remembers me and sighs furtively.


    I'll take that 'video dedication' now! :wink: :lol:
     
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    A beautiful performance, Tobias. And I second David on the Coda. I love Balakirev's treatment of the themes, especially in the "brillante, la melodia ben marcata" section. I clearly see Tchaikovsky personality filling the gap between the original musical content and the superimposed pianistic idiom.
     
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    It's a fine performance indeed. Maybe the virtuoso parts are not quite as smooth and brilliant as they ought to, and there's a handful of very minor slips, but this is a great achievement.

    It should be well noted here what an exceptionally good piano composer Balakirev was. According to my former Russian teacher he is very highly regarded among Russian pianists. Which is ironic as they all play Islamey (not at all a characteristic piece) but not usually anything else. Maybe thet all do it in private (as seems to be the case with Medtner).
     
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    Sorry for not having replied earlier - I'm in the middle of a lot of work in my day job this week and next (unfortunately...). Just wanted to say thanks to everbody for listening and commenting. Monica, I think this is more famous in the Balakirev version than in the Glinka original, so your decision to put it under Balakirev's name in a transcription category is certainly good!

    I fully agree, Chris! (and my teacher as well, btw).
     
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    Saw this on Piano World. Good to know you are here too, mate! :wink:
     
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    Hi Horowitzian, nice to meet you here, too! Piano geeks are everywhere! :D
     
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    Hehehehe... :D
     

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