Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Remembering my mother... Relembrando minha mãe...

My mother Antonietta at the piano in Musical Conservatory.


My mother studied piano since her childwood. She was very talented and through her life she played piano very well. I felt a great pleasure when she sat at the piano and started playing. She loved classic music, principally the Russian composers. The first time I heard Alexander Scriabin's music I was delighted, extremely impressed. Thus, since that time, whenever I hear Scriabin's music, I remember her image at the piano and I missed my mother so much...

Minha mãe estudou piano desde criança. Ela era muito talentosa e durante toda a sua vida, tocou piano com muita sensibilidade. Ela preferia interpretar os clássicos, principalmente os compositores russos. Eu sentia um prazer imenso quando ela se sentava ao piano e começava a tocar. A primeira vez que ouvi minha mãe interpretar Alexander Scriabin, fiquei deleitada, extremamente impressionada. Assim, desde aquele tempo, sempre que eu ouço as músicas de Scriabin, relembro da imagem da minha mãe ao piano e sinto muitas saudades....

I would like to share with all of you a bit of the life and the music of the great Russian composer, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, that was born in 7 January, 1872 in Moscow and died in 14 April, 1915, in Moscow. Mystic, visionary, virtuoso, and composer, Scriabin dedicated his life to creating musical works which would, as he believed, open the portals of the spiritual world. Scriabin took piano lessons as a child, joining, in 1884, Nikolay Zverov's class, where Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) was a fellow student. Scriabin started composing during his Conservatory years. Mostly inspired by Chopin, his early works include nocturnes, mazurkas, preludes, and etudes for piano. Typical examples of Romantic music for the piano, these works nevertheless reveal the composer's strong individuality. 
No one was more famous during his lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after his death. Although he was never absent from the mainstream of Russian music, the outside world neglected him until recently. Today, there is worldwide resurgence of interest in his music and ideas.
For some time before his death Scrianbin had planned a multi-media work, to be performed in the Himalayas. This piece, Mysterium, was never realized. Immediately upon Scriabin's sudden death, Sergey Rachmaninov toured Russia in a series of all-Scriabin recitals. It was the first time he played music other than his own in public. 


PS: My friend Karin Bugge, from the blog Altadena Hiker, did a lovely post talking about my mother, "Scene to warm a cold and a windswept night", in January 10, 2013, that I loved so much. Thanks again, Karin!

Eu gostaria de compartilhar com vocês um pouco da vida e da música do grande compositor russo, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, nascido em 7 janeiro de 1872, em Moscou, morreu em 14 de abril de 1915, também em Moscou. Místico, visionário, virtuoso e compositor, Scriabin dedicou sua vida à criação de obras musicais que, como ele acreditava, abririam as portas ao mundo espiritual. Scriabin estudou piano desde criança, ingressando em 1884 na classe do professor Nikolay Zverov, onde o compositor russo Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) também estudou. Scriabin começou a compor já nos primeiros anos do Conservatório. Suas primeiras composições, principalmente inspiradas por Chopin, incluíam noturnos, mazurcas, prelúdios e estudos para piano. Exemplos típicos da música romântica escrita para piano, suas composições revelam um compositor de forte individualidade. O desenvolvimento do estilo pessoal de Scriabin pode ser acompanhado através de suas dez sonatas para piano. As primeiras são românticas e revelam a influência de Chopin e Franz Liszt, mas as suas últimas composições inauguram um novo território, sendo que as últimas cinco que ele escreveu podem ser chamadas de atonais. Ninguém foi mais famoso durante a vida como Scriabin e poucos foram tão rapidamente ignorados depois da morte, como ele. Embora Scriabin nunca tenha ficado ausente da galeria dos músicos russos de sucesso, o mundo negligenciou-o até recentemente. Atualmente, ressurgiu no mundo todo um grande interesse por sua música e suas idéias.
Antes de morrer Scriabin havia planejado um trabalho multi-media, que seria realizado no Himalaia. Mas esta peça, Mysterium, nunca foi realizada. Imediatamente após a morte súbita de Scriabin, Sergey Rachmaninov realizou uma turnê pela Rússia, numa série de recitais, interpretando as músicas de Scriabin. Esta foi a primeira vez que Rachmaninov tocou uma música em público que não fosse uma composição sua.


PS: Minha amiga Karin Bugge, do blog Altadena Hiker, fez um lindo post falando sobre a minha mãe, "Scene to warm a cold and a windswept night", em 20 de Janeiro de 2013, que eu gostei muito.  Obrigada novamente, Karin!









12 Etude Op. 8 nº 12, by Wladimir Horowitz.








Scriabin's Etude in C#m Op.2 No.1 Vladimir Horowitz, 1962.








Allegro piano by Anatol Ugorski Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez. Scriabin finished his piano concerto when 24 years old.








(I did the same post in June 20, 2009)
 
 
 

14 comments:

  1. such a sweet photo of her. lovely that you have such great memories of her and her love of classical piano music.

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  2. Que foto linda de tua mãe e recordações lindas as tuas que tão bem guardas. Piano é lindo e fiquei imaginando toda a cena tu a vendo tocar. Lindo post! bjs, chica

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  3. Ohhhhh, I LOVE Scriabin---That Etude is one of my favorites and The Piano Concerto---well, it's a Miracle at 24 years old. I love that your mother played the piano and introduced you to such special and magical composers.....LOVE that picture, Sonia! I JUST LOVE IT!!!
    This was such a lovely sweet post. As always, you bring everything to life through "art"......!
    I so wish we could sit together and listen to music like this.....What a joy that would be, my dear friend.
    Hugs to you and Carlos, my dear dear Sonia.

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  4. I love your portrait of your mother -- both the words and the photograph. And thank you for your kind words to me. You know, now whenever I hear Scriabin, I think of your mother.

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  5. How fortunate you are that you have a photograph of your mother from her childhood.

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  6. I love that you've got photos of your mother to remember her by - I've only got a handful of mine. I also love classical music, and have some Scriabin on my music server.

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  7. I am glad that you have a sweet and loving memory of your mother and her music talent. Do you also play the piano?

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  8. Very lucky you are to have a picture of your Mom at the piano. I always say how lucky we are to have pictures to enhance our memories. Hugs to you, Sonia. I miss my Mom too. Every single day.

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  9. A sweet memory of your mother in this lovely post, Sonia. How beautiful to have photos of our parents from their childhood!
    The videos are amazing and so interesting.
    Have a great day!

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  10. The photo of your mother -- what a treasure! And the mimosa in bloom on your header is exquisite, Sonia.

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  11. Dear Sonia, your love for your mother and the music she introduced you to shines through this post. It was so good to get your comment. I am doing OK for the most part. Sadness overcomes me every now and then, but that's to be expected. Love ~ Inger

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  12. Beautiful and tender post! And love the photo of your mother.

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  13. Lovely photo - and thank goodness for a resurgence of interest. It's the salvation of many an artist.

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