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Iosif Andriasov - Third Symphony for Symphony Orchestra, Op. 31

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


Iosif Andriasov began to work on his Third Symphony in the middle of the 1960s, while simultaneously while working on his Second Symphony. Mr. Andriasov completed his Second Symphony in 1971 and continued to work on his Third Symphony, with interruptions, until the end of his life.

Iosif Andriasov was pondering about writing a Scherzo and a Finale for the Third Symphony, but finally decided to make the Third Symphony a one-movement composition. Mr. Andriasov planned to incorporate episodes between the sections of the sonata form in his Third Symphony, which would present a formula of the sevenfold dimension: deciphering the systems of Moses, Christ, Buddha, and Thoth; in particular, The Fall of Man - the first book of Moses - Genesis. 2 (16-25), 3 (1-24): "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden...”” and Buddha, Four Noble Truths: "There is suffering in the world..." Tragically, I. Andriasov did not have time to enter the musical episodes into the score.

On October 21, 1990, Iosif Andriasov said: “If in the Second Symphony, there was a struggle between spirituality and spiritualessness, and then the first movement of the Third Symphony expresses regret concerning the state of morality - that is an expression of the cult of personality and of totalitarism, - which leads people to suffering.”

Performance - Part of Composition

Gennady Cherkasov, Conductor
Big Symphony Orchestra of the All-State Radio and Television, Moscow, USSR

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