“I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music.”
There are so many classical pieces that have influenced my musical taste, embraced my heart soul and touched my senses through the years. Some are constantly with me … and some I have left behind. Yes, lost track off.
And this is one of them … and it came back to me the other night when I was going through my music files.
You listen just now to the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and conductor Uroš Lajovic performing one of the world’s most impressive orchestral pieces, Aram Khachaturian’s “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” (1952) from “Spartak” (Spartacus Ballet).
Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978) was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor. He is considered to have been one of the leading Soviet composers. Born and raised in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, Khachaturian moved to Moscow in 1921.
The Spartacus Ballet was premiered in 1957 at Kirov Theatre, Leningrad and the choreographer was Leonid Yakobson and of course, the Kirov Ballet was dancing.
(The State Academic Novosibirsk Theatre of Russia – rehearsal images for their production of “Spartacus” that has it’s premiere now in May.)
I know very little about the ballets in itself. Aram Khachaturian was most famous for his ballet music. But I know a bit about his music. His second ballet, Gayane (1942), was largely reworked from his first ballet, Happiness. Where the famous “Sabre Dance” is a movement in the final act.
Also his “Masquerade Waltz” – “Masquerade” was written in 1941 by Aram Khachaturian as incidental music for a production of the play of the same name by Russian poet and playwright Mikhail Lermontov. It premiered 1941 in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. (text: wikipeda.com)
This piece became Andrei and Natasha’s Waltz screen in BBC’s “War & Peace”
My first meeting with the Spartacus suite was through that marvelous BBC’s drama TV-series “The Onedin Line” during the 1970 and I had got my first seaman’s book. Loved everything about the series and the music; the first episode in 1971 and the final episode date in 1980 = 9 years. That is a marathon and I watched every episode, I think.
I bought the whole series on DVD only 4 years ago. It’s 27 discs in total or something like that. I started to watch it, but only about 5 of them. I will start all over again after my visit to Vienna.
And the actors, I will never forget them: Peter Gilmore, Anne Stallybrass, Jessica Benton, and Howard Lang. Today the full series cost around £85/€97/$110/1000SEK.
I don’t know if there is any Aram Khachaturian memorial in Tbilisi, it looks like both museum and his burial place is in Yerevan, capital of Armenia. Have to look into that before I visit Tbilisi over Christmas.
“Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia”… welcome back to me !!!!
“You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it,
all you have to do is look at it. “