Why? (Zachem?) Tchaikovsky

in #dsound4 years ago


This is from July 2017 while I was doing an opera program learning about singing in Russian.

Why did you enter my dream, distant beauty,
Like a spitting frying pan.
Pillow lonely.
Vanish midnight!

Your eyes laid back,
Ash colored braids,
Lips proud,
It was all so real
I dreamed,
And like a dream raced off
Like my heart.

Why did you enter my dream, distant beauty,
Together with the dream.
Pillow lonely.
Why did you enter my dream!

Composer: "Зачем?" op. 28, no. 3 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1875
Poet: "Зачем?" Lev Aleksandrovich Mey 1861
Cover Image: Princess Tarakanova by Konstantin Flavitsky 1864



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Lovely Singing! How is your Russian?

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Oh I forgot! Next time :) I do a decent job singing in it, but speaking it is a different question!

Very cool. Upvoted. When I was a young boy growing up in Soviet Russia, my parents owned a collection of LPs with classical music and one of them had that picture as front art. I still remember the music and the painting clearly. Thanks! That brought up memories very dear to my heart.

I’m glad I could do that for you! I just searched 19th century Russian artwork for something that might relate to the piece and this one was perfect.

How lovely! The songs sounds pretty stark for a Tchaikovsky composition for some reason... (But the 'spitting frying pan' line...An idiom perhaps?)

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