After the horrors of the Russian Civil War, the 1920s was a period of recovery for the nascent Soviet Union, and of industrial growth, which is reflected by Alexander Mosolov in his famous `machine music’, The Iron Foundry.
Culturally, the Bolsheviks made use of composers for propaganda. Mosolov’s teacher, Reinhold Glière, composed the first Soviet ballet with a revolutionary theme – The Red Poppy, with its famous `Sailor’s Dance’, which is the culminating movement in this orchestral suite.
Prokofiev fled the turmoil of post-revolutionary Russia in 1918. His virtuoso Third Piano Concerto, composed soon after, is a kaleidoscope of colours and compositional invention, seemingly removed from the chaos at home.
RepertoireMosolov: Zavod (The Iron Foundry), Op.19
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Voices of Revolution Series Consultant Martin Sixsmith in conversation with Marina Frolova-Walker. Admission free.
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