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Stalin's Piano with Dr Sonya Lifschitz

By Robert Davidson and Sonya Lifschitz


Pianist Sonya Lifschitz discusses her collaborative role in preparing performances of Robert Davidson's composition Stalin's Piano, including creative discussions in conceiving and developing the work. The composition is a highly distinctive approach to solo piano music in its focus on "voice portraiture", where portraits are made of people's voices rather than their faces - the distinctive musical features of individual speakers are distilled into musical stylistic features. The work is a cycle of twenty voice portraits of juxtaposed artists and politicians, centring on the pianist Maria Yudina and her dealings with Joseph Stalin, both of whom are portrayed through musical settings of their voices, along with many other artists and politicians

Publisher: Eastside 89.7 FM
Year: 2018
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