Ivanovka (thoughts on Sergei Rachmaninoff)




Chords struck like bells,

within the straddle of a hand,

Ivanovka rang out to the stolen land.


Through Summers and peasant days

before The Great Silence,

the artist plays.


Though men without music crushed the soul

the melody remained,

and through decades of winters the refrain refrained.


It flowered in blooms that smothered the cruel,

and love pushed on through..

it's natures rule.


◄ A cleansing by fire

In Carlton Gardens ►


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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 27th May 2019 05:01

Many thanks Dorothy,

the outlook is bleak in much of the text, as were those days of silence during the long years of oppression in the old Soviet States.

Rach's music to me is shot through with great sadness, although I always sense an overwhelming longing in his music, longing and a deep sense of hope and love.

Considering that things ultimately changed in his Mother Country and that his music again rang out, I think he and his music were victorious.

I wanted to express that more that anything else with this scribble.

Thanks again,


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Martin Elder

Sun 26th May 2019 18:56

I would be bold as to say this possibly one of your finest pieces David.
I particularly like the line

Ivanovka rang out to the stolen land


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Dorothy Webb

Sun 26th May 2019 17:11

Your third stanza chills and haunts - it is a bleak image - full of fear and menace - and of waiting.

Thank you


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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 26th May 2019 04:51

Thanks Stu and Ray,

Many an hour drifting away to Rach...I still remember as a young child hearing my father blasting him out, great to grow up in an environment where music is constantly playing. I think it seeps into your psyche at a young age.

I did mull over the spelling of his name, eventually choosing to spell it in the way he himself chose to sign off his works.

Thanks again and to the liker's.


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Sat 25th May 2019 11:15

Great stuff David. I was thinking that producing music such as this makes great demands on the composer, and that all the process of conceiving, writing, playing and discipline would contain enough energy to move mountains , which is the feeling the music gives us. Especially Rachmaninov with his great romantic and intricate sweeps. Music certainly has so much power . His recordings of his performances of the concertos are wonderful. I just bought the DVD of The Pianist by the way!


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Stu Buck

Sat 25th May 2019 10:25

how lovely david. one of my favourite composers no doubt. i have lost countless hours sat blissfully happy listening to him

fantastic last verse too

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