IOSIF ANDRIASOV “Little Fairytale” for Piano, Op. 2
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Little Fairy Tale” in 1954. During his lifetime, Mr. Andriasov wrote a number of compositions for Piano. In 1992, he included some of them into a collection of the Seven Piano Pieces for Children and dedicated this piece to Arshak Andriasov, his son.
The “Little Fairy Tale” (Andante, A minor, 4/4 time, 12 measures) is written in the Russian idiom. The following traits testify to the Russian traditions: a modal melody that is based on the six-tone or hexatonic scale; the counter-voice polyphony (heterophony); an elaboration of a melody according to the “Glinka variation” method, when a melody stays without any changes, while the harmony, texture and instrumentation are varied. These traditions were interpreted in an original manner by Iosif Andriasov, the composer of the second half of the XX century, who placed this simple motif into the contemporary musical world.
The “Little Fairy Tale” is a charming, poetic miniature. This piece places the listener into a magical world of enchanting images. The fairytale element was always cherished by many Russian and Soviet composers, including Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Anatoly Lyadov, Sergei Prokofiev, and others. The “Little Fairy Tale” is distinguished by its monotonous fluctuation of motion that creates an enchanting, mesmeric, and magical sound.
In the “Little Fairy Tale,” Iosif Andriasov employs devices of an imitative polyphony such as canon, a vertical counterpoint of the octave, a statement of a tune in expansion, as well as of a countervoice polyphony. This short piece could be considered as an example of the richness and diversity of the harmonic language and texture of Iosif Andriasov’s style.
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