Andrej Filippowitsch Paschtschenko
1883 - 1972
Ukraine
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A.F. Paschtschenko
Andrej Filippowitsch Paschtschenko (15/08/1883 - 16/11/1972), a Russian composer (The Ukraine), born in Rostov on Don. He was the first componist who wrote a piece for a Theremin, the first electronic instrument, invented by Leon Theremin. The piece is called: A Symphonic Mystery (1923).
Author:Theo Willemze
Source:Componistenlexicon
The theremin was one of the first electronic" instruments. By placing one's hands near two antenna one can vary the volume and frequency of the theremin tone. It takes quite a bit of practice (like all musical instruments) to build the coordination necessary to play the theremin."
Source:http://www.exploratorium.edu/xref/exhibits/theremin.html
Requiem
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1942
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:the composer himself
In memory of:the Russian soldiers who died in World War II
Paschtschenko's Requiem in memory of the heroes who laid down there lives in the second world war, completed in 1942, was written for chorus and orchestra, to the composer's own words in praise of the Russian Army.
Source:Grove's dictionary of music and musicians
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Playing the theremin