Tukhto M.Ye. On the Issue of the Musical Texture of Andrey Bely’s “The Northern Symphony”
In the article the musical texture of “The Northern Symphony” by Andrey Bely, which was created under the influence of Edvard Grieg, is studied with regards possible lines of its research. The connection between “The Symphony” and the works of the Norwegian composer is found not only on the level of images, but also on the levels of intonation and rhythm. The rhythmical pattern is emphasized with alliteration, which in some cases helps to identify sporadically appearing metre. In the paper the attempt has been made to prove that the major influence on the symphony had been produced by two works by Grieg: “Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song in G-moll, Op. 24”, and the romance “The Princess”. While creating the Symphony Andrey Bely thought in musical terms, seeking for the analogues to musical devices, such as ritenuto (slowing of pace), rubato (pace variation while performing a classical musical composition, which deviates from composer’s pace «instruction»). Shifting the focus from the meaningful element of a word to its musical form, Bely tries to overcome the resistance of the “matter” and thus reduce the distance between literature and music.