At the Organ Hall of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, as part of the Fifteenth International Symposium “The Organ in the 21st Century”, the Norwegian Våler Mass by Ekaterina Melnikova for soprano, organ and trumpet was performed. Nikolay Winter – trumpet, Alla Oleynikova – soprano, Valeria Pimenova – organ.
November 19, 2020
Compositions for choir are an important part of Ekaterina’s creative work. The participants of the Krefeld chorus “Audienda” were introduced to the works of Ekaterina Melnikova by the choir conductor Pavel Brokhin. In November 2021, a concert is to be held to celebrate 30 year of “Audienda”. Ekaterina Melnikova’s work “Missa XXI” will be the part of …
November 5th, 2020
Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov – Russian artist, writer, philosopher and performer – would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year, on November 5th. Nadia Bourova-Prigova organized a zoom conference where friends, colleagues, editors and translators shared their memories and thoughts. Ekaterina participated; an extract is below. Photo ((above) after “Prigov. In Memoriam” concert on July 19th, 2017 …
September – October 2020
Events in Norway and Germany have been rescheduled. Moscow House of Music apologized and cancelled the concert for children “Winter’s Fairy Tale”, which had been planned for December 19th. The good news is some new music has been written.
On the three new works – «Nunc dimittis» for choir, a Symphony Allegory “Harmonisation of the World” for symphony orchestra, choir and organ and Romances on the poetry by Russian poet and philosopher Vyacheslav Ivanov from his poetic cycle “Roman Sonnets” – read here: “Ekaterina Melnikova’s new music, summer 2020”
Famous Russian animator and painter Leonid «Liolya» Schwartzmann turned 100 in 2020. The celebrations have been a good reason to talk about the master’s illustrations to “The Carnival of the Animals”. Ekaterina remembered how those comic pictures were created and how she did her own organ transcriptions of Saint-Saёns pieces. Nina Wechsler has written down the story, here: “The Importance of Not Being Serious”