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The time has come to recall the story of the creation of the genius 2 concert of RAKHMANINOV.
This melody has no analogies – we are talking about the slow part of the second concert of Rachmaninov. The incredible power of the first part of the concert is replaced by a theme that, like steam over an evening river, fills the sound space
Chekhov’s pages, Levitan’s paintings are close to the mood of this melody.
You can recall the striking picture of Levitan “Over Eternal Peace.” The beholder is in height, flying like Margarita at Bulgakov over the water surface and an island on the river, in outlines terribly similar to a cloud rushing above it.
The music of the second concert was written after the rescue of Rachmaninov from the grip of depression caused by the death of Tchaikovsky – his friend and mentor, who admired Aleko, wanted to fulfill the fantasy of Utes. The sudden death of Tchaikovsky, the failure of the performance of the First Symphony turned out to be a terrible blow for Rachmaninov.
“Something inside me broke. All my faith in myself collapsed. An agonizing hours of doubt led me to the conclusion that I should quit composing. I was paralyzed by apathy,” the composer wrote.
He rarely got up from the couch and preferred the company of the faithful dog Levko to any human communication. This situation lasted a total of two years.
His friends even turned to Leo Tolstoy with a request to help the young Rachmaninoff with words of encouragement. Difficult difficulties were to persuade Rachmaninoff, for whom the name of Tolstoy had long been sacred, to visit the “great hermit.” The composer, of course, did not suspect a contract whose purpose was to make him happy again. But the visit was unsuccessful.
Tolstoy’s instructions and his appeal to artistic and human self-consciousness did not affect Rachmaninoff’s indestructible indifference to everything in the world.
At that time, lively discussions were provoked by Dr. Dahl’s treatment method. He achieved brilliant results through suggestion and self-hypnosis. Friends persuaded Rachmaninov to consult about his condition with Dahl.
The year 1900 has come. From January to April, Rachmaninov paid daily for doctor’s visits. Here is what he says:
“My relatives told Dr. Dahl that he must relieve me of apathy by any means and get me to start composing again. Dahl asked what they wanted me to do and got the answer: a concert for the piano. The one I promised I put it off to the London public and, as a result, lying half-asleep in Dr. Dahl’s chair, I heard the repeated hypnotic formula every day: “You’ll start writing a concert. You will work with complete ease. The concert will turn out beautiful. “It’s always the same without pauses. And although it may seem incredible, the treatment really helped me. Already in the beginning of summer I started composing again. I gained faith in my strength and could now allow myself to think about fulfilling my cherished dream : completely devote two years to writing.
I felt that Dr. Dahl’s treatment amazingly strengthened my nervous system. Out of gratitude, I dedicated my second concert to him. Since the composition was a great success in Moscow, everyone thought and wondered how Dr. Dahl might relate to it. The truth, however, was known only to Dahl, Satin and me. ”
We offered to listen to the slow part of Rachmaninoff’s concert to a group of psychologists and asked to draw the images that arose to them. Most of the drawings included an image of near water, a river, a water panorama, a lake, the moon above the water.
The children listened to this melody, then we invited them to put the colors associated, in their perception, with this music. Wise children took tricolor – gray, brown and purple, their emotions – detachment, bright sadness of memory and fantastic dream in their unique combination – weaved this amazing music, a treasure of Russian culture.
Having created music that brought him spiritual liberation, Rachmaninoff helped himself and many people.
A woman comes to my room – she is distinguished by noble kindness, grace. She reaches for the music, puts the colors of Lusher harmoniously, but the selected paintings carry concern. For some reason, she is especially keen on tragic music and is drawn to it. A few days later, a tragedy occurs for her – perhaps the shadow of an approaching disaster and made her prefer disturbing music.
In these difficult days, music became her salvation – she listened to great concerts and the closest to her was the music of Rachmaninoff’s 2 concerts.
She created amazing drawings of images seen under the influence of music – icicles turned into flowers, rocks were lit by the moon, color prisms and clouds embodied Grieg’s music.
The pre-storm sky embodied the music of Rachmaninov. She created exquisite prose, reminiscent of Andrei Bely, exciting as the best verses of the silver age.
The day came when the music saved her – her life seemed broken, the tragedy was inescapable – she lived near the canal embankment and came to dark water, but perhaps the melody of Rachmaninov inspired hope and did not allow misfortune to happen.