Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky (born 1932) holds the centre of the Russian modern music stage, being the author of all genres compositions. Among his opuses for theatre there are the musical drama “Virineya” (1965–1967) to L. Seifullina's novella, chamber opera “Master and Margarita” (1970–1972) to M. Bulgakov, opera-ballad “Mary Stuart”(1978-1980) to Ya. Gordin's libretto, drama per musica “Hamlet” (1990–1991) to W. Shakespeare's tragedy translated by B. Pasternak, chamber opera (drama monody) “King Ixion” (1993–1995) to the ancient myth and the tragedy by Innokenty Annensky, the Russian tragedy in 14 visions with three epilogues and overture “Visions of Ioann Grozny” to Ya. Gordin's libretto, drama per musica “King Lear” (2000–2001) to W. Shakespeare's tragedy translated by B. Pasternak, ballet, symphonies, instrumental concertos, cantatas (among them there are the “Voice from Choir” (1962–1963) to Alexander Blok's verses, “One Day of the Life” (1998) to the “Thousandth Chapter” by Dhammapada translated by V. Toporov), Requiem for soloists, choir and symphony orchestra (2003), so as numerous choral, chamber-instrumental and vocal compositions.
S. M. Slonimsky is the professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, People's Artist of Russia, laureate of State Prize, holder of the Commander's Cross Order for the Merits granted by the republic of Poland. Slonimsky's opuses are on roll all over the world.
TWO ROMANCES. Verses by N. Sorokina
1. Autumn (Music text example)
2. But Why?
ICY TSAREVNA’S SONG. Verses by N. Sorokina