Revolutions in Music
Tribute to El Lissitzky
The Piano and the Russian Revolution
Daniele Lombardi piano
Arthur-Vincent Lourié, Aleksandr Vasil’evič Mosolov, Daniele Lombardi
The October Revolution and the piano: this combination might shed some light on events that are only seemingly minor, and on the contradictions that tied Europe to the Soviet Union. If the scenarios advanced by Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto seem to loom behind Scriabin’s Vers la flamme, in 1914 Russian artists and intellectuals were not too keen on welcoming Marinetti. They had no doubts: to them, the father of the Russian avant-garde was Arthur Vincent Lourié, né Sergej, whose new name derived from Schopenhauer and Van Gogh. But the above combination also leads to the pianism of Alexander Mosolov, the link between Scriabin and Prokofiev, who valued his psychologism. The composer was sentenced to serve in a gulag for not complying with the “collective tension towards socialist realism”.