Re-sending without Cyrillic text
The Blizzard”: A reading in Russian of Pushkin’s short story, with
musical accompaniment –
Pushkin Club, 7.30 PM, Tuesday, 11th December 2012
The Pushkin Club celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of
Borodino with a reading of Pushkin’s short story “The Blizzard”,
interspersed with playing of the music which Georgy Sviridov wrote for
the eponymous film. Our performers, reader Alla Gelich and pianist
Nadia Giliova, will fuse literature and music for the fourth time. The
reading will be in Russian, and an English translation by Gillon Aitken
and David Budgen will be provided. The evening will be introduced by
The short story “The Blizzard” was written by Pushkin in 1830 during
his three months’ enforced stay at the estate of Boldino near Nizhny
Novgorod as a result of an outbreak of cholera – the so-called
Autumn”, which was a period of unprecedented creativity for Pushkin.
“The Blizzard” was written in one day and is
one of five prose tales known as “Tales of Belkin”.
Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) is one of the most popular of 20th century
Russian composers. His works are based on Russia’s rich musical
heritage, including folk songs and liturgical choral music. “Musical
Illustrations” for “The Blizzard” (1975) is one of Sviridov’s most
famous musical works and was originally written for the 1964 film based
on Pushkin’s short story.
Tickets: £7, conc. £5