FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV”
WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)
IOSIF ANDRIASOV “The Fallow-Deer” for Tenor and Piano, Op. 9
The group of romances, written in 1958-1959: “The Fallow-Deer,” Op. 9, “The Street Song,” Op. 10, and “The Sorrow in My Melody,” Op. 11 represent a significant stage in the creative evolution of Iosif Andriasov’s musical style. Iosif Andriasov turns his attention to new music sources, in particular, to impressionism and symbolism. The connection with folk Armenian music becomes more indirect and comes near the style of Soghomon Soghomonyan (Komitas Vardapet).
“The Fallow-Deer” (Andante, B minor, 4/4 time, 32 measures) is written in the three-part form (A-B-A1), with a shortened “false” recapitulation. A static, mysterious and murky music of the first section (“A”) is in contrast with a dynamic, driving, aspiring second section (“B”). There are three Piano episodes: an introduction, an interlude and a conclusion, based on the same musical material.
The fallow-deer and a stag are looking for one another, but their paths do not cross. They stay solitary, yet in the music, Iosif Andriasov gives them a hint of Hope – bringing them together.
“Видит лань: “The fallow-deer sees:
В воде отражён олень. In the water a stag is reflected.
Рыщет лань везде. The fallow-deer roams everywhere.
Ищет, где олень. Looking for that stag.
Лани зов сквозь сон A fallow-deer calls through his dream
Услыхал олень. The stag heard.
Рыщет, ищет он. Roaming and looking he is.
Ищет ночь. Looking for at night.
Ночь и день”. Night and day.”
There have been no recordings of this version
Victor Romasevich (Viola) and Arshak Andriasov (Piano):