October 25, 1893 (old style) was the day Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died. On this memorial day, we are sharing with you a recording of a music piece which sounds particularly touching given the occasion.
Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) has written a cycle titled “October 25, 1893 (In Memory of P.I. Tchaikovsky)”. The cycle consists of three pieces for violin and piano — Prelude (“The Birth of Melody”), Lullaby and Serenade — which fully reflect Silvestrov’s famous words:
“My music is a reflection,
an echo of what doesn’t exist anymore.”
Performers: Vladislav Pesin (violin soloist at musicAeterna) and Inna Moiseeva (piano).