Tishenko’s Letter from Leningrad

I was asked to translate this letter (B. Tishenko’s Letter from Leningrad) by a music student of the University of Queensland some time ago. I am not a professional translator so I was wondering if you may have any suggestions for improvement. The Russian text of the letter was located in the first couple of pages of the Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata sheet music. You are very welcome to have a listen to the 1975 recording of the Sonata by Fyodor Druzhinin viola and Mikhail Muntyan piano accompaniment.

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Oistrakh playing Sibelius

Sibelius Violin Concerto

David Oistrakh playing Sibelius Violin Concerto Op.47 and Beethoven – Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.1, G-Dur, Op.40: David Oistrakh – Violin; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – Conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky; Live recording – 14/II/1966

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Queensland Youth Orchestra

2nd Queensland Youth Orchestra

Welcome to 2nd Queensland Youth Orchestra Page

2nd Queensland Youth Orchestra (part of Queensland Youth Orchestras) is a full size symphony orchestra (*3,2,2,2-5,2,3,1-tmp-hp (opt)-str (18,18,16,12,10) ranging in age from 12 to 23. The main stage for QYO2 is the Old Museum Concert Hall. In 2014 season QYO2 will plays five Concerts at Twilight, tow concerts on Tour to Sunshine Cost and QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.

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Pictures at an Exhibition

Viktor Hartmann Pictures at an Exhibition

Viktor Hartmann

In the past couple of years I was contacted on several occasions by many different symphony orchestra managers, publishers from big and small publishing houses and educational institutions with questions about Hartmann’s pictures related to the Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Some wanted better quality copies of images for an overhead display accompanying concert performances of M. Ravel’s arrangement, some for the permission to publish pictures,

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Shostakovich Viola Sonata

Premier of the Viola Sonata

Premier of the Sonata

If you read my translation of the “Letter from Leningrad” written by Boris Tishenko in 1975 here Shostakovich Viola Sonata you will definitely be interested in this 1975 recording of Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata Op.147 dedicated to and performed by Fyodor Druzhinin (Read more about Fyodor Druzhinin [Фёдор Серафимович Дружинин] here), piano accompaniment by Mikhail Muntyan. From the “Letter from Leningrad”: “Shostakovich’s love was an important engine of his artistic might; artistic might was also the reason for his being loved.

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