Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Alexander Mossolov

Alexander Vasilievich Mosolov was a significant Russian avant-garde composer of the early Soviet era. The son of a lawyer (who died when he was five) and a singer at the Bolshoi Theatre, during the Revolutionary period in 1917-18 he worked in the office of the People's Commissioner for State Control, where he had fleeting personal contact with Lenin. He then served with the Red Army on the Polish and Ukrainian fronts and was wounded and shell-shocked. From 1920 he worked as a pianist for silent films, and in 1922 entered the Moscow Conservatory to study under Reinhold Glière and Nikolai Miaskovsky, graduating in 1925. The same year as his graduation, he joined the Moscow branch of the Association of Contemporary Music. He became director of chamber music for the Association of Contemporary Music, and then worked as a radio music editor. His works were often taken to embody the new brutalism and worship of the machine, and his most famous composition is the orchestral piece Iron Foundry (Zavod), a movement from a ballet entitled Steel (1927), which was performed all over the world. Later Mosolov fell foul of the musical politics of the USSR and after violent attacks on his reputation by Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians his works were pulled from publication and performance. In 1936 Mosolov was expelled from the Union of Soviet Composers for 'public drunkenness'. Thanks to archival research, we now know that in 1932 he had written to Stalin complaining that through no fault of his own he had 'become a kind of musical outlaw' even though he was 'a loyal Soviet man'. He was sent to Armenia, Kirghizia, Turkmenia and Daghestan to document folksong (and also to 'compose a Turkmen Song about Stalin') before being arrested in 1937 for 'anti-Soviet propaganda' and condemned to eight years in the labour camps. Owing to the intervention of his former teachers he was released in a matter of months and lived on in poor health, still composing and working with folk music but largely denied a hearing by the authorities. Shortly after his death his music began to be revived.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Mosolov

Alexander Mossolov
Works for piano

Works for Piano


Concerto pour piano et orchestre op. 14
1. I. Concerto 8:29
2. II. Tema con concertini 11:10
3. III. Toccata 3:51

Deux Nocturnes op. 15
4. I. Elegiaco, poco stentato 2:50
5. II. Adagio 2:46

6. Trois Pièces op. 23a 2:05
7. Dance op. 23b 1:58

8. Sonate n° 4 op. 11 (en 1 mouvement) 11:10

Sonate n° 5 op. 12
9. I. Lento grave. Allegro affanato 5:38
10. II. Elégie. lento 5:30
11. III. Scherzo marziale. Presto con fuoco 2:21
12. IV. Adagio languente e patetico. Lento.
Poco più mosso. Allegro 9:49

Roussoudan Khountsaria - p
Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat d'URSS/Vladimir Koujoukhar

Recorded in Moscow in 1981 and 1985
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Melanchthon said...

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Michel said...

Thanks, this all seems very interesting indeed!

salience said...

Definitely have to check it out!

Dick said...

This does indeed look interesting. I had thought I was familiar with just about all the 20th C Russian composers. Mossolov is brand new.
Thank you for broadening my horizions.

Anonymous said...

In a similar vein, I wonder if you have anything by another interesting Soviet composer named Gavril Popov. His music is very difficult to find, but I'd be interested to know if anyone has any of his music.
Thanks for all the great classical posts recently--

fid said...

Links are down. Could you re-up the album?

Thanks in advance