Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky (born in 1932) is one of the leading composers of the Russian modern music. His creation embraces actually all the genres — from operas and symphonies to cinematographic sound-tracks. Slonimsky is the author of more than fifty compositions. The cast of performers in his vocal cycles varies from traditional one (voice and piano) tо mostly exotic ones. Slonimsky addresses to all kinds of poetry, including now the ancient Indian lyrics and David's psalms, now songs of troubadours and the Russian folk songs, now the Silver Age poetry and the one of the composer's younger contemporaries.
This exact edition includes two vocal cycles by Sergei Slonimsky to the verses by Anna Akhmatova. The first one of them “Seven Romances” bases on six romances, having been composed in 1969. Nadezhda Yureneva and the author himself held the performe at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society Maly Hall on December 18, 1969. As to the romance “White Night”, it was created in 1986.
Ten Poems to the verses by Anna Akhmatova date 1974, having been firstly represented by Kira Izotova and the author himself on December 10, 1974.
At the White Night (music text example)
The Thing, That the Dream Sang to Me About
It Could Be Better for Me to Cry Out Short Songs Vigorously
It's Not, but for Nothing I'm Said to Be Doleful
I Shan't Drink Wine With You
I'll Leave Your White House and Silent Garden
When Cursing Each Other
Lindens Are Smelling Sweetly
She Clasped the Hands under the Dark Veil
Heart is not Chained to Heart
Song of the Last Appointment