A musical and poetic concert organized by the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Turkmenistan to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the classic of Russian literature, Ivan Bunin was held in Ashgabat. The evening was devoted entirely to the work of the outstanding writer in a cozy chamber atmosphere with a limited number of visitors.
Writer, poet, translator, Nobel prize winner, Ivan Bunin made an invaluable contribution to world culture. And fans of his literary talent in different countries hasn’t decreased in the 21st century. The author of the work “Dark alleys” lived two lives – one in Russia, the other in emigration, in France. In addition to prose works, Bunin wrote poetry.
Therefore, to the question “What do you feel like, a prose writer or a poet?”, Ivan Alekseevich unequivocally answered, “As a poet!”
At the same time, there are many stories in the writer’s creative heritage that are almost entirely devoted to music. Poetic images of folk singers are captured in the works “Lirnik Rodion”, “Mowers”. Kapiton Ivanovich listened to Oginski Polonaise in the story “At the farm yard”. It was performed by the landowner’s daughter Tonya in the story “Sukhodol”. This work by the Polish composer Mikhail Oginski opened the memorial evening in Ashgabat.
Honored Artist of Turkmenistan Vladimir Mkrtumov performed the music of romances by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Reinhold Gliere, and Tikhon Khrennikov. The vocal parts were performed by singer Bahar Durdieva, known for her active creative activity.
Kristina Barzasekova, a graduate of the Joint Turkmen-Russian school named after Alexander Pushkin, a holder of the red diploma of the Ashgabat Music School, performed the composition “Etude No. 12” by Federica Chopin, and the poetic tone of the concert program was set by Alla Novikova, having read a poem from Ivan Bunin’s landscape lyrics.
Yevgeny Beloglazov, the Education, Science and Culture Department Head at the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Chairman of Rossotrudnichestvo in Turkmenistan, announced plans to hold a number of evenings dedicated to important dates for Russia in the near future.
“We plan to dedicate the next chamber evenings to the anniversaries of Afanasy Fet, Alexander Blok, and Joseph Brodsky. We are also preparing an evening in memory of Viktor Chernomyrdin, a wonderful man, a bright politician, an outstanding public figure, a diplomat and a production worker. He was one of the originators of the oil and gas complex in Turkmenistan.”