Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lost Stravinsky Piece Found Over 100 Years Later

Following the recipient of a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has been serving as a psychologist in Maryland for more than three decades. Outside of his professional endeavors, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., is a fan of classical music and is particularly fond of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. 

Although Stravinsky has died in the early 1970s, fans were recently treated to a new piece from the prolific composer after his long-lost work “Pogrebal’naya Pesnya” (“Funeral Song”) was rediscovered after more than 100 years. The 12-minute composition was thought to have been destroyed during Russia’s revolution and civil war in the early 20th century. However, it was recently found among old manuscripts in Russia’s St. Petersburg Conservatoire. 

Stravinsky’s “Funeral Song” was written fairly early in the Russian composer’s career, when he was 26. Created as a tribute to Stravinsky’s teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the orchestral piece was performed just once before being lost to history. 

The piece is currently making the rounds worldwide, with performances in Russia, the US, New Zealand, and South Korea, to name a few. The performance has been streamed live over the Internet, allowing Stravinsky fans worldwide to hear this lost piece for the first time.