•  Veronica Ilyushkina  “The Beggar’s Opera”: the Genre Specifics and the Concept

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.001

This article considers John Gay and Johann Pepusch’s “The Beggar’s Opera” both per se and as a model for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” as well as Benjamin Britten and Tyrone Guthrie’s “The Beggar’s Opera”. There are three fundamentally different versions of this work, which the article shows as the cultural manifestations appealing to a broad public.

Keywords: Benjamin Britten, John Gay, Kurt Weill, “The Beggar’s Opera”.


  • Ella Makhrova  Music Theatre: Terminology Aspect

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.002

The concept of «Music theatre» is widely used in art criticism (theatre science, musicology), while in domestic science uncertainties still remain with respect to clear category definition thereof, which is confirmed by the lack of dictionary entries in the main encyclopedic editions — both universal and special ones. Understanding of this term is influenced by the specifics of the art process in various countries as well as the developed traditions of scientific discourses. It is well evident when comparing the use of the concept in Englishspeaking (musical theatre, music theatre) and German-speaking (Musiktheater) scientific literature. The article aims at analyzing the meaning of the concept «music theatre» and the variety of its treatments in the modern domestic and foreign art criticism science.

Keywords: musykal’nyj teatr, Musiktheater, musical theatre, music theatre, semantic multivalence of the term.

  • Antonina  Aleksandrova  Notation: Typology in the Context of Historical Development

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.003

The article considers the problems of notation as a complex cultural and historic phenomenon that has appeared in the musical art. The analysis of a number of definitions gives an idea of a wide field of functional opportunities of the existing system of music writing. The history of notation is shown as a vector-directed process. The article contains some suggestions on the graphologybased categorization of historic notation forms.

Keywords: notation, historical forms of notation, categorization, nonlinear and linear notation systems.

  • Evgenia S. Redkova  To History of the First Expeditions of the Ethnographic Laboratory of the Leningrad Conservatory

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.004

The article is devoted to the first expeditions of the Ethnographic laboratory of the Leningrad conservatory of 1927 and 1928 to Transcaucasia and Uzbekistan organized by Ch. S. Kushnarev, E. V. Gippius and Z. V. Ewald. Archival documents from the conservatory and the Central state literature and art archives of St. Petersburg compared to the data from the Fonogramm Archives of the Institute of the Russian literature and the data published allow us to present the history of formation of one of the largest collections of phonographic records of musical folklore of the USSR of that time and development of ethnomusicology at the conservatory.

Keywords: musical and ethnographic office of the Leningrad conservatory, Boris Asaf ’yev, Christophor S. Kushnarev, Eugene V. Gippius, Zinaida V. Ewald, ethnographic expeditions to Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Fonogramm Archive of Institute of the Russian literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

  • Tatiana Zaytseva  In Praise of Balakirev Library


The article makes the first review of the collection of books and music of Balakirev, and shows the role of the library as an important tool in the various (multidirectional) activities of the head of the New Russian school — composer, teacher, conductor, pianist, editor, music figure. The relevance of studying the Balakirev library is emphasized, as its documentary materials shed light on the unknown details of the musician’s creative biography, and make it possible to reasonably refute the still existing myths about the creator of “The Mighty Handful”.

Keywords: music library, book library of Mily А. Balakirev, creative laboratories of the composer, performer, teacher, statesman.


  • Marina Mikheeva The Manuscript of Nikolay Rimsky- Korsakov’s “Antar” from the Library of Vasily Safonov

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.006

This essay represents the manuscript of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite “Antar” which is now housed at the National Library of Russia. The copy made by conductor Vasily Safonov was earlier kept in his personal music library.

Keywords: Vasily I. Safonov, Nikolay A. Rimsky- Korsakov, “Antar”, score, third version, manuscript.


  • E. A. Ruchievskaya: Publications to Be Continued. Yuriy  Vasilyev

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.007

The review addresses the first published works of Ekaterina Ruchievskaya (1922– 2009), the founder of the St. Petersburg analytical school, Professor of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory: “The Nutcracker” by P. I. Tchaikovsky: Libretto and Music” (2018; 2nd ed. 2019) and “Vocal cycles in Russian classical music of the XIX century” (2019, in collaboration with N. I. Kuzmina). The first book is devoted to the analysis of libretto and musical dramaturgy of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s ballet. In the second work the theoretical issues of the genre and form of the vocal cycles are considered, using examples of Russian vocal- chamber music of the XIX century — such as cycles by A. A. Alyabyev, M. I. Glinka, M. P. Mussorgsky, P. I. Tchaikovsky and N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov

Keywords: Ekaterina А. Ruchievskaya, Modest Р. Mussorgsky, Nikolay A. Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker”, ballet, vocal cycle, Russian music.

  • Rein Laul. 17 Studies on Beethoven Music.  Elena Romanova

DOI: 10.26156/OM.2019.41.3.008

The review is dedicated to the first Russian publication of the sketches on Beethoven music by Rein Laul, one of the most prominent representatives of the modern Petersburg analytical school. The study in question appears as a unique work, representing not only the virtuoso technique of analysis and sophisticated analytical tools, but also the organic interpenetration of the academic and emotionally direct character

Keywords: musical form, sonata form, variation form, rondo form, Beethoven piano sonatas, Beethoven symphonies.

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