Musical triptych for stage by B. Tishchenko based on the tales by K. Chukovsky in the context of development of the Soviet symphonic music in the 1960s (Part 2)
The article examines the work of the outstanding Russian composer of the second half of the 20th century B. Tishchenko (1939–2010). Tishchenko is the heir to the great Russian symphonic tradition and, at the same time, is a radical innovator. As a prominent representative of the post-war generation of Soviet composers of the sixties, he became one of the leaders of the new wave, making a significant contribution to the renewal of Soviet symphonism in the 1960s. The study is devoted to an unusual genre – musical triptych for stage, created in 1968 by order of the Leningrad Young Spectator’s Theater, which includes the ballet Fly-Tsokotukha, opera Stolen Sun and operetta The Cockroach.
The composer approached the text of Chukovsky’s fairy tales in the most serious way. He did not betray his creative principles; this work for children represents his composition manner the same way as his “adult” compositions. The main conclusion of the article is that the musical triptych for the Young Spectator’s Theater has become a serious contribution to the renewal of Russian symphony in the second half of the 20th century. The thesis put forward in the article is confirmed by a consistent analytical consideration of the most important features of the composer’s orchestral style in the opera Stolen Sun and the operetta Cockroach. The first part of the cycle – the ballet Fly-Tsokotuha – was examined by the author in the previous publication.
Boris Tishchenko, Kornei Chukovsky, opera Stolen Sun, operetta Cockroach, Russian programme symphonism of the 20th century, musical fairy tale, symphony orchestra.
Serov Yu. Musical triptych for stage by B. Tishchenko based on the tales by K. Chukovsky in the context of development of the Soviet symphonic music in the 1960s (Part 2) // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2022. No. 2. Pp. 22-30.