Monday, 1 October 2012

Pasternak - Piano Sonata in B minor (Part 1/2)



Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) was a world-renowned Russian writer and poet best known for his work, "Doctor Zhivago." However, before his plunge into philosophy and literature, he was an enthusiast of Scriabin and attended the Moscow Conservatory in hopes of becoming a composer. There are at least three surviving and published compositions from his student years. This sonata is one of them and oozes a sound world indebted to Scriabin. Despite the scriabinesque influence, the sonata is expertly crafted and engaging. One might wonder if Russia lost a promising composer when Pasternak abandoned music in favor of a career in writing.

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