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A. Radchenko

Displaying the idea of Apocalypse in the Symphony no. 5 “Resurrection of Dead” by A. L. Rybnikov

Artistic culture in the postmodern era reflects the disturbing mood of modern society. This has embodied in special interest to the apocalyptic theme that emerged at the turn of the Millennium in music by Russian composers. The article explores the composer Alexey Rybnikov and his author’s original approach to the realization of the eschatological perspective in the genre of symphony. On the one hand, the article considers a symphony within the Russian musical culture of the XIX–XX century in the aspect of the tradition to embody the theme of Apocalypse. On the other hand, it notes the impact of the new trends which are typical for the contemporary wave of this topic’s relevance in art, in particular, the presence of the idea of confessionalism. The author builds his own model of the Apocalypse on the substantial-semantic level of the work, drawing on the texts of the old Testament prophets, that have sacred value in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Religious-based informative essays cause an unusual genre, compositional-drama and intonation-thematic decisions of the composer, as well as the style, combining numerous models of the past musical culture and modern composition techniques. The specificity of the Symphony is determined not only by religious names and religious programs, but also by creating original music and symbolic language, using the traditional Baroque rhetorical figures and allusions, dating back to Bach, as well as traditions of Church-singing culture of different religions and biblical semantic technicals. Also the principle of building taken from religious source influences the form of the work.

Key words

eschatological motives, religious, secular, Alexey Rybnikov, symphony.

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