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Composers-Writers

Many prominent composers possessed an extraordinary literary gift. In their literary heritage: musical journalism and criticism, musicology, musical and aesthetic works, reviews, articles and much more. Often, musical geniuses were the authors of the libretto of their operas and ballets, created romances for their own poetic texts. The epistolary heritage of composers is a separate literary phenomenon. Very often, literary works were for creators of musical masterpieces an additional means of clarifying the musical language in order to give the listener the key to an adequate perception of music. Moreover, the musicians created the verbal text with the same passion and dedication as the musical one. WRITING ARSENAL OF COMPOSERS-ROMANTICS Representatives of musical romanticism were subtle connoisseurs of literary literature. R. Schumann wrote articles about music in the diary genre, in the form of letters to a friend. They are characterized by a beautiful syllable, free flight of fantasy, juicy humor, vivid imagery. Having created a spiritual union of fighters with musical philistinism (“David Brotherhood”), Schumann addresses the public on behalf of his literary characters – the frantic Florestan and the poetic Eusebius, the beautiful Kiara (prototype – the composer’s wife), Chopin and Paganini. The connection of literature and music in the work of this musician is so great that his characters live both in the literary and musical lines of his compositions (piano cycle “Carnival”). Inspirational romantic G. Berlioz composed musical short stories and feuilletons, reviews and articles. Pushed to writing and material need. The most famous of the literary works of Berlioz, brilliantly written by him “Memoirs”, depicting the seething spiritual quest for innovators of art of the middle of the XIX century. The elegant literary style of F. Liszt was particularly vividly reflected in his “Letters of the Bachelor of Music”, in which the composer expresses the idea of ​​synthesizing the arts, with emphasis on the interpenetration of music and painting. In support of the possibility of such a merger, Liszt creates piano pieces under the influence of paintings by Michelangelo (the play The Thinker), Raphael (the play The Betrothal), Kaulbach (the symphonic work The Battle of the Huns). The colossal literary heritage of R. Wagner, in addition to numerous critical articles, contains voluminous works on issues of the theory of art. One of the composer’s most interesting works, “Art and Revolution,” was written in the spirit of utopian ideas of romance about future world harmony, which will come when the world changes through art. Wagner assigned the main role in this process to the opera – a genre in which the synthesis of arts was embodied (the study “Opera and Drama”). SAMPLES OF LITERARY GENRE BY RUSSIAN COMPOSERS The past two centuries have left world culture a huge literary heritage of Russian and Soviet composers – from Zapiski M.I. Glinka, before the “Autobiography” S.S. Prokofiev and notes by G. V. Sviridov and others. Almost all the famous Russian composers tried themselves in literary genres. Articles A.P. Borodin about F. Liszt has been read for many generations of musicians and music lovers. In them, the author tells about his stay at a great romantic in Weimar, reveals interesting details about the composer’s everyday life and works, the abbot, the features of conducting the piano lessons by Liszt. ON THE. Rimsky-Korsakov, whose autobiographical work has become an outstanding musical and literary phenomenon (Chronicle of My Musical Life), is also interesting as the author of a unique analytical article about his own opera Snegurochka. The composer reveals in detail in her the leitmotific dramaturgy of this lovely musical tale. Deeply informative and brilliant in literary style, “Autobiography” by Prokofiev is worthily on a par with masterpieces of memoir literature. Sviridov’s notes on music and musicians, on the composer’s creative process, on sacred and secular music are still waiting for their design and publication. Studying the literary heritage of prominent composers will allow you to make a lot of amazing discoveries in the art of music. Author – Alla Chaika (votes: 4, average: 4.50 out of 5)

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