Thursday, September 16, 2010


Kalinnikov - Russian composer, 1866 - 1901.

Another one of those starving musician types; when he finally got a nice theatre post as director (thanks to the recommendation of Tchaikovsky), his tuberculosis got to the point that he had to resign - and move to the Crimea for the warmer climate.  There, he wrote the majority of his music.

Today at symphony orchestra rehearsal (MITSO), we started playing the second movement of Kalinnikov's 1st Symphony.  And it's gorgeous.  Literally, tears to my eyes (if I'm in a particularly sentimental mood) gorgeous.  The harp that starts out, and then....oh goodness.

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