Myaskovsky, a Memory and a Promise

Myaskovsky cello sonata2
Warmth. © Charles Thibo

He had earned the nickname “Father of the Soviet Symphony”. Soviet symphony, not Russian. He was a shy, introverted musician, and he the critic Boris Afsayev described him as “not the kind of composer the Revolution would like; he reflects life not through the feelings and spirit of the masses, but through the prism of his personal feelings. […] He speaks not only for himself, but for many others.” Nikolai Myaskovsky was awarded the Stalin Price five times, more than any other composer, still, like Dmitry Shostakovich, he was accused in 1947 of writing “anti-proletarian” and “formalistic” music. Oh, brave, new Soviet world!

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