Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski: 6. Symphonie

Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski 6. Symphonie
6. Symphonie

Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski: 6. Symphonie

Opus:
op. 23
Year of composition:
1922/1923
Scored for:
for large orchestra and mixed choir
Composer:
Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski
Text author:
V. J. Sokolow
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation details:
3 3 3 3 - 6 3 3 1 - perc, hp, cel, str
Remarks:
the death of the composer's aunt inspired him writing the piece
Duration:
64’
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Work introduction

Nikolaj Mjaskowski’s Symphony No. 6 for large orchestra and mixed choir, which lasts over an hour, is his best-known and most successful composition. It evokes the Russian Revolution of 1917 and mourns its many victims. However, death does not make an appearance until the third movement – and then only briefly – with the Dies irae motif. This gains the upper hand in the fourth movement – over the Carmagnole and Ça ira of the French Revolution with which the movement begins and the Russian funeral dirge ‘Von der Trennung der Seele vom Körper’ (the separation of the soul from the body), which is also taken up by the choir. The audience at the première in Moscow in 1924 were moved to tears.

World première

Location:
Moskau
Date:
04.05.1924
Conductor:
Nikolai Golowanow

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