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To the Perfect Joy Part III: Magnificat
Sun, December 11, 2022 3:00 PM, EST
- 73 of 100 spots still available
- No COVID-19 restrictions
- Bring your own drinks
- No bathroom at this event
We are excited to present 'Magnificat', the final film of the three-part trilogy 'Sulla Perfetta Letizia' (To the Perfect Joy) featuring soprano Natalia Pavlova in collaboration with an international cast of renowned artists including Giovanni Sollima, Alessandro Rossellini and many more.
The first two parts of the series - 'Roma Verso la Luce' (dir. Alessandro Rossellini) and 'Roma Verso la Pace' (dir. Zeno Colantoni) were filmed in Rome in 2021 and February of 2022. This final film (dir. Natalia Pavlova) of the trilogy was filmed in June 2022 at the Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow.
'Magnificat' features soprano Natalia Pavlova and the Ensemble Opus Posth., under the direction of violinist Tatiana Gridenko, performing compositions by Henry Purcell, John Jenkins and Vladimir Martynov.
The film's centerpiece is the work 'Magnificat' by Martynov, the composer and philosopher, who has written many books on the dialectics of music and time. The performance is preceded by a conversation with the composer, where he talks about his views and thoughts on modernity.
The prayer of St. Francis, featured in the first film of the trilogy: "Lord, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is darkness, light..." echoes the parable of 'The Perfect Joy', and the entire trilogy serves as a prayer of ascent to realize this Joy - it would seem, in the darkest times - and reveals that nothing may be as helpful as music to aid in its aspiration.
*Upon registering for this event you'll also receive a private link to watch the other two films of the series, 'Roma Verso la Luce' and'Roma Verso la Pace', along with special written interview material featuring Natalia Pavlova in conversation with other notable performers from the project.
What's the music?
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Fantasia No.1 a 3 in D minor, Z 732
Henry Purcell - Fantasia No. 7 a 4 in C minor, Z 738
John Jenkins (1592-1678) Fantasia No. 3 a 6 in C minor
Vladimir Martynov (b. 1946) "Magnificat"
The works of the first two English authors of the 17th century correlate with Magnificat of Martynov and help tune our perception. They were written at a time when no one else wrote music for such compositions and no one was interested in this kind of music anymore. Rather, they are like spiritual exercises.
"Magnificat - quinti toni" (in the fifth of the eight canonical ecclesiastical "tones") by Martynov, based on Gregorian material, is the 5th tone Magnificat which underlies all movements. In this work, a synthesis between Gregorianism and Romanticism is carried out, and there is a union between the Gregorian jubilee and the Romantic groupetto. Inside all parts there is a modulation, which symbolizes a ladder leading to heaven. And in each rung this ladder is shrinking more and more, which means that with each part we are getting closer and closer to the top of this ladder, where the glorification of the Virgin takes place.
VLADIMIR MARTYNOV (b. 1946) is one of the leading composers of the Russian avant-garde, an experimentalist of serial, minimalist and electronic music. His ethno-musicological studies into the folk music of Russia, his philosophical and religious ideas and his great knowledge of Renaissance polyphony as well as Orthodox Chant all inspired his compositions. His principles are: commitment to traditional rules; modality as a constant feature of musical language; and repetitiveness as a means of immersion in states of prayer, mantra, and ritual in general. For more about the composer please read here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Martynov
TATIANA GRINDENKO was born in the Ukraine and began her musical career at the age of six. She studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow) with Professor Yankelevich. In 1968 Ms.Grindenko won The First Prize and The Golden Medal at the World Youth Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1970 she became a Prize Winner at the IV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Two years later she was awarded The First Prize at the Wieniawski Competition in Poland.
The scope of her musical interest is unusually broad. Although her reputation is that of a romantic violinist, she also champions modern music, including avant-garde, jazz, rock and experimental electronic music. In 1982 she co-founded the first Baroque ensemble in Eastern Europe, the Moscow Academy of Ancient Music. Grindenko also devotes her energy to bringing back to life forgotten compositions of the 20th century such as Roslavetz’s Violin Concerto, the first public performance of which she gave in Moscow in 1989.
Many composers have dedicated works to her, including Schnittke, Artiomov, Martinov, Part and Silvestrov. Luigi Nono’s last composition, "Hay gue camminar" for two violins, is dedicated to her and Gidon Kremer. In 1999, Tatjana Grindenko was the Mentor of the Hannover International Violin Competition’s "Musikalisches Collegium" for contemporary music.
In 1999 Tatiana Grindenko founded the unique ensemble "OPUS-POSTH." Together with the leading artists of video art as well as with the poets the Ensemble realized following multimedia projects: "Bach-2000", "Night at Galicia", "Seasons", "Russian-German Requiem", "Plays of Angels and people", "Song of songs" and other. Repertoire of the Ensemble includes compositions of V.Martynov, A.Part, P.Glass, J.Xenakis, A.Knaifel, G.Kancheli and others.