IOSIF ANDRIASOV “Caravan”, Op. 3
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Caravan” in 1955. 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 Lev Reinstein, his friend.
The “Caravan” (Andante, G minor, 3/4 time, 28 measures) is written in a style similar to that of the “Little Fairy Tale” by the composer. A doleful, pensive music of the “Caravan” creates a figurative psychological picture of the slow caravan procession through the desert (as through life). The measured motion is softened by the three-beat meter (3/4 time), which adds the traits of a slow waltz to the music. The entire piece is in the minor mode (G minor); only for a brief moment (in the 5th measure), a bright and radiant B-flat Major appears, as a gleam of hope.
During his student years, I. Andriasov studied various traditions of musical art. He could not overlook the traditions of the “Russian Orient,” which were originated by Mikhail Glinka and continued by Alexander Borodin, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Modest Mussorgsky.
IN DEPTH HISTORY
L. Reinstein was a composer, with whom Iosif studied together at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR. His father was an American journalist and mother, Baroness Yakovleva, was a Russian aristocrat. Mr. Reinstein’s father, a communist, was invited by the Soviet Government to work in Soviet Russia, where he became the Chief of the Soviet News Agency TASS. Lev Reinstein became a victim of Joseph Stalin’s persecution. He was sent to the Gulag, and was there for ten years, because he, in a conversation, mentioned that the German piano “Bechshtein” was better than the Soviet piano “Red October.” Iosif Andriasov called Lev Reinstein “a joyous martyr.”
MARTA ANDRIASOVA ESSAYS