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Little-known music of all eras => Youtube performances => Topic started by: christopher on October 11, 2019, 12:59:20 pm



Title: Natalia Pravosudovich (1899-1988) - Lithuania, Russia
Post by: christopher on October 11, 2019, 12:59:20 pm
Here's an entirely new (to me) Russian-Lithuanian composer:

Natalia Mikhailovna Pravosudovich (1899-1988)

Variant spellings include:

Natalja Michailowna Prawossudowitsch, Pravosudovič, ....

There is a youtube recording of her Suite No.2 for piano and orchestra, Andrea Bambace at the piano, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bad Reichenfall under Wilhelm Barth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufgiwOOYq10&t=572s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufgiwOOYq10&t=572s)

There is a German-language wikipedia article about her:

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalja_Michailowna_Prawossudowitsch (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalja_Michailowna_Prawossudowitsch)

Using google-translate:

Natalya Mikhailovna Prawossudowitsch ( Russian Наталья Михайловна Правосудович , scientific. Transliteration Natal'ja Michajlovna Pravosudovič , variations of the first name often Natalie , isolated Natasha , born August 2, jul. / 14. August  1899 greg. In Vilnius , Russian Empire ;   2nd September 1988 in Meran , Italy ) was a Russian composer .

As a daughter of a pianist she got piano lessons early. She studied from 1918 at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, first piano with Vera Scriabin, then until 1923 composition and music theory with Sergei Lyapunov . She graduated in 1925 with a diploma from Alexander Glazunov . [1] Glazunov, the then director of the Conservatory, enabled her an exit permit in 1928 and presented her a letter of Arnold Schoenberg from - with a request to continue their studies in composition in Berlin . [2]

So she became a master student at Schoenberg in the fall of 1928 at the Prussian Academy of Arts - among her fellow students were Nikos Skalkottas , Peter Schacht, Alfred Keller and Norbert von Hannenheim . [2] In Berlin it's breakthrough as a composer. However, at that time began the political persecution of her family in the Soviet Union , in 1929 her mother, her father, professor and railway engineer died in Leningrad , was arrested on charges of sabotage with a group of colleagues and sent to a labor camp on the Solovetsky Islands at Arkhangelskdeported, where he was sentenced to death and shot on 29 October 1929 [3] - the history of the first great Soviet camp later Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the book The Gulag Archipelago process. Against the background of family and financial problems, her health also deteriorated considerably. In 1931 she moved to Merano and from then on lived in the Borodine Foundation there, a facility for sick Russian exiles. [1] [4]


Villa Borodine
New compositions were created, including a concerto for string quartet and chamber orchestra, which was accepted as a diploma thesis in 1932 by Schoenberg. From 1941 she worked as a language teacher and seamstress. It was not until 1956 that she started composing again. [1] Several works from her arrived in Italy and Germany for the performance, and with an early Piano Sonata in 1962 she won the first prize at the Premio Helena Rubinstein , an international composition competition in Buenos Aires. [5] She was a member of the International Working Group on Women and Music . [5] Despite increasing blindness they remained active until 1983 as a composer.

She left behind orchestral, choral works, songs, piano and chamber music. [5] it was the tradition of Russian late Romanticism and the stylistic Scriabin committed Succession.