Russian Piano Miniatures for Children

Russian Piano Miniatures for Children
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev
Artist Rimma Bobritskaïa piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9214
EAN code 5029365921428
Release March 2011

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It was Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Album fur die Jugend that inspired Tchaikovsky to start composition on his Children’s Album in 1878. He dedicated the set to his nephew Vladimir Davidoff (Bobik) who was 7 years old. ‘For a long time I have been saying to myself that it would be a good thing to contribute, within the limits of my powers, to the enrichment of the piano literature for children, which is rather poor. I would like to compose a series of very easy little pieces with attractive titles like Schumann did’ he wrote to his patron Mme von Meck. In less than a week of writing these words he had completed the 24 pieces of his Children’s Album. Like Schumann’s works, there is nothing childlike about the music, rather it displays an adult mind totally understanding of a child’s view of the world, together with a tender nostalgia.

Tchaikovsky’s Op.39 proved so popular that later Russian composers also composed works for children. In the Soviet period Prokofiev composed his Music for Children (1935), wonderfully fresh music far removed from dry didactic texts most children had for piano study. In 1947 Shostakovich composed his Children’s Pieces for his daughter Galina. Rather more closely related to traditional teaching pieces that Prokofiev’s Music for Children, they nonetheless instil rather charmingly the academic notion of a happy ‘major’ and a sad ‘minor’ by inverting it in A Merry Story in E minor, and a Sad Story in G major.

Other information:
• Recording made in 1991
• Booklet notes

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 1 Prière du matin
  2. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 2 Matin d’hiver
  3. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 3 Jouons à dada!
  4. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 4 Maman
  5. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 5 Marche des soldats de bois
  6. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 6 La poupée malade
  7. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 7 Enterrement de la poupée
  8. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 8 Valse
  9. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 9 La nouvelle poupée
  10. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 10 Mazurka
  11. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 11 Chanson russe
  12. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 12 La paysan joue de l’harmonica
  13. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 13 Kamarinskaïa
  14. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 14 Polka
  15. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 15 Chanson italienne
  16. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 16 Ancienne chanson Française
  17. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 17 Chanson allemande
  18. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 18 Chanson napolitaine
  19. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 19 Conte de la nourrice
  20. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 20 Baba-Yaga
  21. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 21 Rêve délicieux
  22. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 22 Chant de l’alouette
  23. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 23 Chanson de joueur d’orgue de Barbarie
  24. Tchaikovsky: A children’s album, Op. 39: No. 24 A l’eglise
  25. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 1 Le matin
  26. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 2 Promenade
  27. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 3 Historiette
  28. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 4 Tarentelle
  29. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 5 Repentir
  30. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 6 Valse
  31. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 7 Cortège des sauterelles
  32. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 8 La pluie et l’arc-en-ciel
  33. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 9 Attrape-qui-peut
  34. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 10 Marche
  35. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 11 Les oir
  36. Prokofiev: Music for children, Op. 65: No. 12 Sur les prés la lune se promène
  37. Shostakovich: Five pieces for children: No. 1 Berceuse
  38. Shostakovich: Five pieces for children: No. 2 Danse
  39. Shostakovich: Five pieces for children: No. 3 Contredanse
  40. Shostakovich: Five pieces for children: No. 4 Danse Espagnole
  41. Shostakovich: Five pieces for children: No. 5 Nocturne
  42. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 1 Marche
  43. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 2 Valse
  44. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 3 L’ours
  45. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 4 Histoire gaie
  46. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 5 Histoire triste
  47. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 6 La poupée mécanique
  48. Shostakovich: A child’s excercise book, Op. 69: No. 7 L’anniversaire