The Chorus in Rodion Shchedrin’s Compositions based on Nikolai Leskov’s (“The Sealed Angel” and “The Enchanted Wanderer”)

Anton M. Ivanov

Abstract


The author examines the problem of the search for spiritual foundations and the Truth in Shchedrin’s latest compositions as relevant for understanding the composer’s musical language, as well as for a deeper immersion into the cultural stratum of Russian music from the 20th and early 21st centuries. In two compositions that are indicative of contemporary Russian culture, the choral music, “The Sealed Angel” (1988) and the opera “The Enchanted Wanderer” (2002), the process of revival of the spiritual self-consciousness is revealed, which is aided by the sacred subtext of the compositions.

Keywords: Rodion Shchedrin, Nikolai Leskov, sacredness, choral music


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