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The Blizzard

17th November 2012

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Ute

The Blizzard” («Метель»): 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”
(«Метель»), 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 David Brummell.

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 “Boldino
Autumn” («Болдинская Осень»), 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” («Повести
Белкина»).

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

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