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Iosif Andriasov - Seven Pieces for Piano, Op. 2, 3, 6, 15, 16, 17, 29

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


“Little Fairytale,” Op. 2

Iosif Andriasov composed the “Little Fairy Tale” in 1954. The “Little Fairy Tale” is distinguished by its monotonous fluctuation of motion that creates an enchanting, mesmeric, and magical sound.
"Caravan," Op. 3
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Caravan” in 1955. During his student years, I. Andriasov studied various traditions of musical art. He could not overlook the traditions of the “Russian Orient.”
"Humorous Dance," Op. 6
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Humerous Dance” in 1956. The “Humorous Dance” is the first composition of Iosif Andriasov with a humorous touch. Stylistically, its music bears a slight resemblance to music of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich.
"Labyrinth," Op. 15
Composed in 1965, the title “Labyrinth expresses the composer’s idea, as well as a technical approach. One can enter a labyrinth, wander within it, and is either lost in it or finds a way back. Iosif Andriasov chooses the optimistic, positive conception.
"Phoenix," Op. 16
Composed in 1966, the main mood of the "Phoenix” is mysterious and enigmatic, elusive and delicate. Iosif Andriasov employs the twelve-tone technique, following the rule of non-repetition. 
"Melody," Op. 17
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Melody” in 1967. The “Melody” is composed with a deep, genuine loving feeling. The music is gently nostalgic. The method of development is connected with Mikhail Glinka’s variations method: melody stays almost unchanged in one register, while the supporting voices undergo modifications.
"Music Box," Op. 29
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Music Box” in 1980. In that year, Arshak Andriasov, the son of Iosif Andriasov and Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova), was born. Marta sang a naive, unpretentious, joyous melody to Arshak, with the words “What a nice boy...” Iosif Andriasov arranged this melody for Piano, reworked it, and composed the “Music Box.”

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Ellen Meyer, Piano

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