Stravinsky between East and West
In the course of the 19th IMS Congress members of the STG were meeting on Stravinsky's Cross-Cultural Phenomena: Recent Aspects of Research on July 6, 2012, and, during the four-hour open session, the eight participants from Russia, Switzerland, and the USA delivered papers and exchanged opinions. The next meeting took place during the International Musicological Conference on Sociocultural Crossings and Borders: Musical Microhistories in Vilnius, September 47, 2013.
Meetings in 2015
After the first four meetings of the IMS Study Group on Stravinsky: Between East and West (Minsk, Belorussia, 2009; Petrozavodsk, Russia, 2011; Rome, IMS Congress, 2012; and Vilnius, Lithuania, 2013, congress report in preparation), a meeting was held on 4 September 2015 in St. Petersburg during the international symposium on "Working on Composers' Collected Works".
A stunning discovery in the library of the St. Petersburg Conservatory
In early September of 2015, an international symposium on “Working on Composers’ Collected Works” took place in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the IMS Regional Association for Eastern Slavic Countries, the Russian Institute for the History of Arts, the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, and St. Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory.
As a part of this event, the IMS Study Group on “Stravinsky between East and West,” chaired by Dr. Natalia Braginskaya and Dr. Valérie Dufour, held a meeting on September 4, at which Natalia Braginskaya, Dean of the Musicology Faculty at St. Petersburg’s State Conservatory, delivered a paper entitled “Unpublished, Lost…”: New light on the fate of some early works of Stravinsky,” which revealed a sensational discovery: Stravinsky’s early symphonic piece Pogrebal’naya Pesnya (Funeral Song, Op. 5) has been found in the library of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Although the score is still lost, the Conservatory has recovered a complete set of orchestral parts.
Funeral Song, Op. 5, was composed by Igor Stravinsky for the death of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and performed only once, on January 17, 1909, at the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The program, a first “Russian symphonic concert,” was dedicated to the memory of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov and conducted by Felix Blumenfeld. In his autobiographical Chroniques de ma vie (with Walter Nouvel, 1935–1936), Stravinsky expressed dismay at the loss of the autograph score of Funeral Song, speculating that it probably disappeared in Russia during the Revolution. Catalogues of Stravinsky’s works usually characterize Funeral Song as “unpublished, lost.”
For a number of years, Stravinsky scholar Natalia Braginskaya has been engaged in the search for Funeral Song. With the assistance of Irina Sidorenko, Librarian at the Conservatory, her efforts have been rewarded. The significance of this breakthrough in Stravinsky research cannot be overestimated. On the basis of the orchestral parts, a score will be reconstructed and a world première will unveil an unknown work by one of the 20th century’s greatest composers.
Natalia Braginskaya, St. Petersburg
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