He is considered one of the leading Soviet composers. Born and raised in Tbilisi , the multicultural capital of Georgia , Khachaturian moved to Moscow in following the Sovietization of the Caucasus. Without prior music training, he enrolled in the Gnessin Musical Institute , subsequently studying at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Nikolai Myaskovsky , among others. His first major work, the Piano Concerto , popularized his name within and outside the Soviet Union. It was followed by the Violin Concerto and the Cello Concerto
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The Adventures of Ivan is a suite of eight characterful piano miniatures by Aram Khatchaturian , the titles of which suggest a narrative or snapshots in the life of a young boy called Ivan. His music is rich in the idioms of his Armenian heritage, marked by a strong rhythmic drive beautiful cantabile melodies and colourful textures. He was one of the most popular and successful composers of the Soviet period, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Each piece in the suite has an evocative title which assist the pianist in shaping character, mood, and expression in the music, and each offers interesting technical and musical challenges, making the pieces very satisfying to play and to teach. There is much scope for shaping of the melody, understanding how to balance the melody with the accompaniment, and syncopated pedal. The descending melody and piquant harmonies lend a wistfulness to this piece which is hard to resist.
But the final C major chord suggests the sun has come out again and Ivan is allowed out to play. The works are intermediate level the first two are cGrade 3 and there is much to delight pianists young and old in this charming suite. Pianist, writer, music and arts reviewer, music PR, and blogger on classical music and pianism View all posts by The Cross-Eyed Pianist. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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The Adventures of Ivan – piano pieces to delight young and old
Pictures of Childhood - Children's Album I for piano (previously known as Adventures of Ivan)