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Strezev M.

Organ in the works of Dmitry Kitsenko

This article presents a review of the compositions for organ and with participation of organ written by composer Dmitry Kitsenko (b. 1950) who has greatly contributed to the musical art development in the Republic of Moldova. The works written during almost four decades (from the end of the 1970s, when the Organ Hall was founded in Kishinev, to the present day) are studied in the article. During these years D. Kitsenko has created more than ten works: for organ solo (Prelude and fugue in memoriam D. D. Shostakovich; Suite; In Nomine), for organ and orchestra (Concerto for organ, strings, and timpani), for organ and singers (two pieces for coloratura soprano, clarinet and organ: cantata Litanies on lyrics by Gr. Vieru and Ave, Maria; Stabat Mater for mezzo-soprano and organ; Mass for soprano, tenor and organ; several vocal miniatures), for organ and choir (Mariengebet). In a varying degree the works reveal the signs of Neo-Baroque style manifested in their imagery, genres and forms, modal, melodic and metro-rhythmic aspects of the musical language, polyphonic means of the music material’ exposition and development. Another stylistic mark appeared in some pieces is folklore: the melodic and rhythmic links with the Moldovan vocal and instrumental folk music are felt in the musical language of Suite, Litanies, some fragments of Concerto. The organ plays various roles in the analyzed compositions: from the soloist or ensemble participant to the accompanist providing intonational and harmony support of the voice part.

Key words

organ, Dmitry Kitsenko, Neo-Baroque, suite, prelude and fugue, mass, litanies, concerto, Moldovan folklore.

For citation

Strezev M. Organ in the works of Dmitry Kitsenko // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2020. No. 3. Pp. 69–76.