When Yuri Kornakov addressed the “Jungle Book”, he was already a venerable author, has graduated from the Novosibirsk Conservatory in two specialties — piano and composition; has been living and working in Leningrad, has become the author of a concert for piano with orchestra, several piano sonatas and sonatinas, vocal cycles and many other musical works.
The composer saw in the story of Mowgli not just a fairy tale, adapted for secondary school aged children, but a myth opening a new “cultural route”. As the myths about Argonauts, Prometheus, Orpheus and Eurydice directed the way to the thousand-years-old European culture, in such a way the history of Mowgli, written by Bombay-born Englishman Rudyard Kipling and embodied in music by Russian composer Yuri Kornakov, who was born in Ulan-Ude, has become one of many threads connecting Eastern and Western cultures, tracing the way to their spiritual unity.
V. Marina. Preface
I. AWAKENING IN THE JUNGLE
II. IN THE TEMPLE
III. HUNTING IN THE JUNGLE. DANCE WITH THE BELL IN THE VILLAGE
IV. CONFUSION AND APPEAL TO LIFE