What to listen to in the autumn blues
For many of us, autumn is not the easiest and favorite season. The sun is getting smaller, outside – colder, and constantly drizzling rain can make everyone succumb to the spleen. Fortunately, the treatment for the blues is well known: a cup of hot cocoa, a company of loved ones and good music. What to listen to perk, we deal with Victoria Ivanova.
In bad weather, when it is raining outside, overcast and cold, it is best to escape memories of warm countries and a great time. This was partly what Mikhail Glinka was doing when in the autumn of 1845 he composed his Spanish Overture, following the summer journey to Spain.
The composer visited Madrid, Burgos, Valladolid and other cities, got a horse and looked around the neighborhood, and in the evenings spent time with friends and locals who are known to love guitar and dancing. All this – the overpowering of the guitar, merry talk, feast and the romance of a warm southern night – was reflected in two Spanish overtures.
They say that the best way to defeat the blues is to get distracted, but if one doesn’t get away, it may be worth experiencing it in a whirlwind of emotions?
Ravel’s Waltz fits perfectly for this: in this seemingly one of the most popular, light and intimate dances Ravel captured the real death of the world. And although the composer himself said that he had conceived this work as an apotheosis of the Viennese waltz, which in his presentation mixes up with a feeling of a fantastic and fatal whirlwind, this work is often called the “waltz on the edge of the abyss. By the way, Ravel conceived it all the same as music with dance, but he enjoys the greatest popularity in the symphonic and piano repertoire.
Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov. “Scheherazade”
It has long been proven: dreams of distant wanderings and oriental tales – an excellent antidepressant. Partly, Rimsky-Korsakov himself was the first to understand this: the composer wrote this suite at a difficult time, when everyday worries and anxieties left almost no time for work. The idea was being hatched for a long time, however, fascinated, Rimsky-Korsakov finished four parts of the suite in a month.
Each of the parts is given a small subtitle: “The Sea and Sinbad Ship”, “The Fantastic Story of Tsarevich Kalender”, “The Tsarevich and the Princess”, “The Baghdad Feast. Sea. The ship is broken on the rock with the Bronze Horseman. Conclusion. However, it is not known for certain which of the “1001 nights” fairy tales he put in the basis of each of the parts. But the sea paintings and magical oriental flavor, familiar to everyone from childhood, just will not leave the blues and a trace.
Well, if you feel sad, then with Rachmaninoff. That is what many music fans will tell you. The music of this composer extremely subtly conveys conditions close to any Russian person. In Fantasy for two pianos there is everything: the notes of sadness, melancholy, and despair. But the most important thing is that light.
Each of the four parts of the composer prescribed epigraphs: Barcarol, “And the night, and love …”, “Tears”, “Bright holiday”. In addition, in the Fantasy Rachmaninov uses almost all the techniques of expressiveness of the piano, in particular the image of the bell ringing. And the joyful “chime” of two pianos at once will not leave any chance to longing.
In many cities of Western Europe and America, autumn is associated not only with golden foliage and cooling, but also one of the most “scary” holidays – Halloween. There is no such tradition in Russia, although a similar day has long existed in the calendars of our ancestors: Ivanov’s day, or the day of Ivan Kupala. It was believed that then the witches were going to the Sabbath on Bald Mountain.
In 1866, this topic was especially fascinated by Modest Mussorgsky, on the eve of the night of Ivanovo in 1867, “The Night on Bald Mountain” was over. The composer himself described the content of Fantasy in this way: “The underground roar of inhuman voices. – The appearance of the spirits of darkness and after them Chernoboga. – The magnificence of Chernoboga and the Black Service. – Sabbat. – In the midst of the Sabbath, the distant beats of the village church are heard, they dispel the spirits of darkness. – Morning”.
At the same time, Mussorgsky’s music is so graphic that at the dawn it is not a sin to disappear together with the bells at the dawn. And remember: good always triumphs over evil.