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Iosif Andriasov - Romance "Apple Tree" for Tenor and Piano, Op. 13

FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV” WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)


Iosif Andriasov composed the “Apple Tree” for Tenor and Piano, poetry by Stepan Shchipachov, in 1960. This Romance opens with a tranquil, serene theme, which moves to an impetuous, dramatic culmination, which later returns to the initial calmness. There are two images in the text by Stepan Shchipachov - an apple tree and wind. Through those images of nature, the author narrates a life story, drawing a parallel between an apple tree (young, innocent girl), and the wind (a persistent cavalier). A narration takes place not from the “heroes” perspective, but from a third person.

"Она в цвету была,                                        “She was in bloom,
В весеннем платье белом.                          In a white spring dress.
Но ветер платье рвал,                                  But the wind was ripping her dress,
И молодое тело желанно целовал.         And kissing her young body with desire.  Теперь шептаться ей,                                   Now, whispering she would
В саду с соседкой сливой.                           In the garden, to a neighbor plum-tree.
Но не о чем жалеть:                                       But there is nothing to regret:
Ей, тихой и счастливой,                               She, content and happy,
Плодами тяжелеть..."                                   Will be bearing fruits...”

Performance

Anatole Wieck, Viola
Arshak Andriasov, Piano

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