Igor Markevitch

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Born: 27 July 1912 — Kiev — Russia
Died: 7 March 1983 — Antibes — France
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Antologia de la Zarzuela

Rather unknown, Igor Markevitch performed in 1968 as director with the chorus & orchestra of RTV Espanola for a recording of traditional music. The record has highlights of the Spanish Zarzuela's. Philips 420-844-2

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Music

Vocal and Choral

  • Cantate for soprano, male chorus and orchestra (text by Cocteau) (1929-30)
  • Psaume for soprano, female chorus and orchestra (1933)
  • Le Paradis Perdu, oratorio for soprano, mezzo, tenor, chorus and orchestra (text by Markevitch, after Milton) (1934-35)
  • Trois poèmes, for high voice and piano (1935)
  • Hymne à la mort (orchestra with contralto solo ad lib, later incorporated into Hymnes, 1936)
  • Lorenzo il magnifico, sinfonia concertante for soprano and orchestra (1940)

Orchestral

  • Sinfonietta (1928-29)
  • Piano Concerto (1929)
  • Concerto Grosso (1930)
  • Partita for piano and small orchestra (1931)
  • Cinéma-Ouverture (1931)
  • Rébus, ballet in memory of Diaghilev (1931)
  • L’envol d’Icare, ballet (1932; rev. 1943 as Icare)
  • Hymnes (1932-33, rev. 1980)
  • Petite Suite d’après Schumann (1933)
  • Cantique d’amour (1936)
  • Le nouvel age, sinfonia concertante for orchestra with 2 pianos (1937)

Chamber Music

  • Sérénade for 3 instruments (1931)
  • Galop for eight or nine players (1932)
  • La Taille de l’Homme for 12 instruments and soprano (1938-39)

Piano

  • Noces, Suite (1925)
  • Stefan le Poète: Impressions d’enfance (1939-40)
  • Variations, Fugue et Envoi on a theme of Händel (1941)

Life

Son of the pianist Boris Markevitch; the family moved to Paris when he was 2, then settled in Switzerland in 1916. Encouraged by Alfred Cortot, and studied with Nadia Boulanger. In 1929, ‘discovered’ by Diaghilev, who commissioned a Piano Concerto which Markevitch premiered at Covent Garden. Thoughout the 1930s, recognized as one of the leading Russo-French modernist composers; worked with Kochno, Cocteau, Lifar. Married Nijinsky’s daughter in 1936. In Italy in 1940 when that country entered the war, Markevitch - technically stateless - remained there (with occasional visits to Switzerland), ceased composing in 1942 and joined the Italian Resistance. Acquired Italian citizenship in 1947 and embarked on a second career as an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher. Encyclopedic edition of the Beethoven Symphonies prepared 196-80. For over three decades he preferred his own music to remain unperformed; a revival of interest began in 1978.

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26 June 1933: Premiere of L'Envole d'Icare, in Paris, France.
20 December 1935: Premiere of Le Paradis Perdu, in London, England.
21 January 1938: Premiere of Le Nouvel Age, in Warsaw, Poland.

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(1735) Georg Friedrich [George Frideric] Händel: Premiere of Alcina, in London, England.
(1849) Giacomo Meyerbeer: Premiere of Le Prophète, in Paris, France.
(1928) Joseph Matthias Hauer: Premiere of Wandlungen, in Baden-Baden, Germany.
(1962) Krzysztof Penderecki: Premiere of Polymorphia, in Hamburg, Germany.
(1989) Wolfgang Rihm: Premiere of Medea-Spiel, in Salzburg, Austria.

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Sheet music for Markevitch

[details ←] Variations, Fugue and Envoi, piano,
[details ←] Stefan Le Poete, piano,
[details ←] Noces (score), piano,
[details ←] Cantique D’amour
[details ←] La Taille De L’homme (Concert Inacheve)
[details ←] Le Nouvel Age
[details ←] Le Paradis Perdu
[details ←] Lorenzo Il Magnifico
[details ←] Partita, piano,
[details ←] Serenade, clarinet, violin, bassoon,
[details ←] Six Suites, cello,
[details ←] Partita in D Minor (Bwv 1013), cello,
[details ←] Sonata, piano, cello,
[details ←] Sonata, piano, cello,
[details ←] Cello Story, cello,
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