It was autumn of 2017, when my friend Alexander Vinnitsky, professor of the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovski Conservatoire, asked me to make violin ensemble arrangement of Aram Khachaturyan’s Adagio from the ballet “Spartacus”. That was a brilliant idea, moreover there was meant the true hit by the great Teacher of mine.
It occurred, that not long before I had a good chance of communication with violin ensembles, including my successful experience with Alexander Vinnitsky students, who performed my previous woks, i. e. Paganini’s 24th Caprice arrangement for 24 violinists. So I made up my mind to divide the cast members into four groups and a soloist — just alike the Caprice arrangement. Such a decision of strings distribution together with the piano function revealed the diversity of strata in the “Spartacus” score, passing thematical material from one group to another, imitating orchestra and thus achieving ample sound, when all the groups are used in culminate peaks. Meanwhile, the violinists’ ensemble is interpreted as subtle body, that is capable to act fluently, thus attaining lyrical touching and heroic tragically roles of the ballet music. Although such an ensemble is not enough plentiful to reproduce Khachaturyan’s mighty sounding, however, this work will hopefully make for keeping this fascinating music on roll.
The arrangement’s first performance was held on March 12, 2018 at Alexander Vinnitsky class concert on the stage of the Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.