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« on: May 04, 2022, 08:03:25 am »

Nikolai Medtner was born in Moscow in 1880.

Deploring contemporary composing practice and the course of musical evolution over the previous three decades, in the early 1930s Medtner was at last spurred to write a treatise expounding his own conservative ęsthetics. He made a declaration of faith in his treatise on what he saw as the eternal and immutable laws of art, and at the same time attacked both modernism and the vacant pursuit of current musical fashions as pernicious aberrations which, in his view, had destroyed the connection between the artist's soul and his art.

In October 1935 he moved into a house in Golders Green.

The Piano Quintet in C was an early work, composed in 1904. It has three movements:

I. Molto placido
II. Andantino con moto
III. Finale. Allegro vivace

It was played by

Konstantin Scherbakov
Ewald Danel
Milan Tedla
Zuzana Bourova
and Jozef Podhoransky



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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2022, 09:58:10 am »

Nikolai Medtner was born in Moscow in 1880.

Deploring contemporary composing practice and the course of musical evolution over the previous three decades, in the early 1930s Medtner was at last spurred to write a treatise expounding his own conservative ęsthetics. He made a declaration of faith in his treatise on what he saw as the eternal and immutable laws of art, and at the same time attacked both modernism and the vacant pursuit of current musical fashions as pernicious aberrations which, in his view, had destroyed the connection between the artist's soul and his art.

In October 1935 he moved into a house in Golders Green.

The Piano Quintet in C was an early work, composed in 1904. It has three movements:

I. Molto placido
II. Andantino con moto
III. Finale. Allegro vivace

It was played by

Konstantin Scherbakov
Ewald Danel
Milan Tedla
Zuzana Bourova
and Jozef Podhoransky





This quintet might hold the record for the piece with the longest gestation period in the history of music. Although Medtner did, indeed, begin it in 1904, it was not actually completed until 1948. It's not that it was completed and subsequently revised, it just took Medtner 44 years to finish it! It was published posthumously in 1955.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2022, 09:13:56 pm »

. . . but was definitely worth the wait!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2022, 10:01:58 pm »

. . . but was definitely worth the wait!

Oh my word yes, it most certainly was!!
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