Addressed the gathering Ms. Vijayam Raghavan, Music Teacher, spoke in detail about the contribution to the world of culture by these three musicians, who were born in the month of May.
In an interesting observation on the musical genius Tchaikovsky, Ms. Vijayam Raghavan said: “Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer of the romantic period some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. One of the most popular of all Russian composers, he wrote melodies which were usually dramatic and emotional. His compositions include 11 operas, three ballets, orchestral music, chamber music and over 100 songs. His famous ballads are Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty”.
Referring to Anatoly Lyadov (1855-1914) the distinguished speaker noted: “Anatoly Lyadov was a Russian composer, teacher and conductor, whose technical facility was highly regarded by his contemporaries. He did compose a large number of piano miniatures, of which his Musical Snuff Box of 1893 is perhaps the most famous. His short tone poems probably his most popular works. He also taught in the St. Petersburg conservatory and enjoyed teaching music to his pupils – Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Myaskovsky”, Ms. Vijayam Raghavan said.
Dwelling upon the legacy of Vladimir Rebikov (1866-1920), Ms. Vijayam Raghavan said: “Vladimir Rebikov was a late romantic 20th century Russian composer and pianist. His early works were created by the influence of Tchaikovsky's music. He wrote lyrical piano miniatures, children’s choruses and songs. His children’s music is the most notable of all his works. He introduced a type of musical pantomime known as melo-mimic and rhythm-declamation.