7 Songs after Pushkin, Op.52 (Medtner, Nikolay)



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Editor Aleksandr Goldenweiser (1875–1961)
Language Russian / German
Publisher. Info. N. Metner: Sobranie Sochinenii, Tom VI: Sochineniia dlia golosa i fortepiano
Moscow: Muzgiz, 1961. Plate M. 29308 Г.

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General Information

Work Title 7 Songs after Pushkin
Alternative. Title Sieben Lieder
Composer Medtner, Nikolay
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.52
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. INM 51
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 songs:
  1. The Window (Окно) [Das Fenster]
  2. The Ravens (Ворон) [Der Rabe]
  3. Elegy (Элегия) [Elegie]
  4. Omens (Приметы) [Zeichen]
  5. Spanish Romance (Испанский романс) [Spanische Romanze]
  6. Serenade (Серенада)
  7. The Captive (Узник) [Der Gefangene]
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1928-02
First Publication. 1930
Librettist Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837), after Walter Scott (1771-1832)'s Twa Corbies (or traditional?) (No.2)
Language Russian
Dedication see below

1, 4. Tatyana Makushina (1895–?)*
2. Lawrance Collingwood (1887–1982)
3. Emil Medtner (1872–1936)
5. Alfred Swan (1890–1970)
6. Nina Koshetz (1891–1965)
7. Alfred LaLiberté (1882–1952)

Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano

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  • Ms. Makushina recorded several songs of Medtner with the composer at the piano for HMV several years later in London (along with Schwarzkopf and Slobodskaya.) Quite a few of these recordings have remained, or recently again become, available.

The Delphi edition of Pushkin’s works (which is probably not complete) contains no match for no.2, but their edition of Walter Scott’s works does contain a version of the text (where it is called The Twa Corbies, and it is suggested that this ballad predates Scott. Thanks to Martyn’s book for noting the alternate title. Additional information: No.2 appears even earlier - in a version by Ravenscroft a hundred years before Walter Scott was born- but Pushkin's translated version adds a twist at the end lacking in some other better-known versions, that suggests that the knight has died because of marital betrayal/treachery, and the ravens are about to tell each other the twisty tale as the song ends.