Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky (born in 1932) is one of the leadingg modern Russian Composers, the aurhor of works in different genres, from operas to symphonies and cinema sound-tracks. “Alba” (Provencal dialect alba — sunrise) is one of the genres of the medieval troubadours' lyrical poetry.
The musical word “alba” means the song of sunrise. The European tradition witnessed many pieces, originating from the alba genre. One of them is the song “Sunrise” by the French composer Gabriel Faure, living in the 19th century, whose memory this very masterpiece by Sergei Slonimsky was dedicated to.
The “Alba” was firstly performed at the Fourth International Festival of Art “From Avantgarde to Our Days”. That was the author's concert of Sergei Slonimsky taking place at the Fountain House (Palace of the Princes Sheremeryev) on March 17, 1995. M. Lapina (flute) and I. Sharapova (piano) offered it to the listeners.
However, the piece is possible to be perfomed by the duet of violin and piano.