Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre under Valery Gergiev will present the world premiere of the orchestral pieces by Igor Stravinsky’s “the Funeral song”, which has long been considered lost.
As reported the press service of the Mariinsky theatre, the world premiere of works will take place in the Concert hall theatre 2 Dec. The performance of “Funeral song” will become the opening of the Year of Stravinsky, which will be held in 2017 in honor of the 135th anniversary of the composer.
Stravinsky himself regarded his work “the Funeral song” irretrievably lost, noted in a press-service. For the first time – after more than a hundred years since the only performance – this play will be performed on the big stage.
This essay was written by the composer at the very beginning of his career, in 1908, on the death of his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The first performance took place on 17 (30) January, 1909, at the Great hall of the St Petersburg Conservatoire in the program of the first “Russian Symphony concerts” dedicated to the memory of Rimsky-Korsakov. It was believed that the manuscript score disappeared in Russia during the revolution, and since then, all domestic and foreign catalogues the name of “the Funeral song” was accompanied by the remark: “is not issued, is lost,” reads the press release.
In the spring of 2015 in the Music library of the St. Petersburg state Conservatory when moving from a historic building, closed for repair, was discovered previously inaccessible warehouse of old notes to be destroyed by the act of write-off. Among other manuscripts there was a set of orchestral voices Symphony plays Stravinsky’s “the Funeral song”.
“Based on the surviving set of 58 orchestral group of experts at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the leadership of Vice-rector for research Natalia the she, was the reconstruction of the score of the symphonic pieces”, – stated in the message.