Kabalevsky: Musical ViewsKabalevsky: Musical Views

By David Forrest

This collection of quotations offers musical and pedagogical insights into the thinking of Dimitri Borisovich Kabalevsky, whose life spanned most of the major events that marked twentieth-century Russian and Soviet history. In his writings we see the interrelationships between the composer, the performer, the audience and the teacher. Many of his comments provide us with a snapshot of his thinking and views on the “great world of music”.

Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

ISBN: 9781921509629

Format: Paper Back
Release date: December 2009

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About the three whales and many other things: A book about MusicAbout the three whales and many other things: A book about Music

Edited by David Forrest and Mariya Kabalevskaya

Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky devoted a great deal of his life’s work to music for children.

In About the Three Whales and Many Other Things: A book about music, he brings his approach to music and education together. He expresses his views on “the three whales” of music: the song, the dance, the march. These genres are like the great mythological whales that support the earth. It’s a metaphor that may be applied to much of his music and is a way of viewing larger musical works.

Kabalevsky takes the reader from the simple folk song to the art song, cantata, oratorio and opera. With dance he moves from folk dance to ballet. His discussion of the march leads children from the parade ground to the symphonic repertoire, providing a bridge to the sonata and symphony. He talks about the song, the dance and the march with reference to the major forms of music and a diversity of musical works.

Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

ISBN: 9781921509636

Format: Paper Back
Release date: October 2009

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Dmitri Kabalevsky and ISMEDmitri Kabalevsky and ISME

Edited by David Forrest

This collection brings together ten presentations by Dmitri Kabalesvky at ISME conferences and seminars. In addition there are recollections on Kabalevsky related to his involvement with ISME by Maria D. Kabalevskaya, Larisa M. Abelian, Boris Dimentman, E. V. Nazaikinsky, and E. B. Abdullin.

Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

ISBN: 9781921509742

Format: E Book
Release date: December 2009

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ISME Fanfares

ISME Fanfares

Throughout his life Kabalevsky wrote only two instrumental fanfares. The first was the ISME Fanfares (1974) and the second written ten years later was the Fanfare for Brass Ensemble (1984). Both works were written for Sir Frank Callaway and bear a dedication to him, and were each premiered in Perth, Western Australia. The ISME Fanfares had its world premiere with Kabalevsky conducting the Australian Youth Orchestra. The manuscript is inscribed:

To my dear friend Frank Callaway who gave me the idea to compose this piece. Thank you very much! Sincerely yours, D. Kabalevsky. Perth 5.viii.74.

The ISME Fanfares has been performed at most ISME Conference since 1974 by young performers of the host country. The ISME Fanfares is a short work written to be played by young performers. It provides a broad palette of orchestral colours and sonorities.

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