Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky: Around the Sixth Symphony
The article is devoted to the circumstances of Myaskovsky’s Sixth Symphony creation. New details of the composer’s musical biography, which influenced the formation of his idea, are offered. “Home singing in old Russia”—this was the name of the last lecture-concert which was given in the Small hall of Moscow Conservatory in January 1922 by an old believer Y. A. Bogatenko (a famous precentor and researcher of the so called Znamenny chant) and his old believers’ choir. This is the beginning of Myaskovsky’s work on the Sixth Symphony. It is assumed that the strong emotional message received by the composer from this performance of spiritual verses, psalms and cantos had a decisive influence on the creation of the concept of the Sixth Symphony, which resulted in the introduction of a spiritual verse into the text of the composition. This Symphony is considered in the context of intertextual links between Myaskovsky’s work and contemporary art culture in that time.