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On the 200th Birthday of Poet Yakov Polonsky (1819–1898)
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Literature & Knowledge – Lecture
Although the songs to his poem can often be heard in classical concerts, the Russian poet Yakov Polonsky is not well-known in Germany. On the occasion of his 200ths birthday, the artists of MIR e. V. have made it their goal to make Munich and in Germany familiar with the name Yakov Polonsky.
Born in 1819 as the son of an impoverished nobleman in the city of Ryazan in the heart of Russia, Yakov Petrovich Polonsky died in St Petersburg in 1898. Throughout his long life, he became acquainted with almost all great Russian writers, from Pushkin to Tolstoy and Chekhov. In 1838 Polonsky became a student at Moscow University (Faculty of Law). Being of modest means, he had to earn a living as a teacher for rich Russian families. In 1857, a senior official invited Polonsky to move to Baden-Baden with him and his family. This gave the poet the opportunity of travelling throughout Europe. He subsequently spent time in Switzerland, Italy and later France, where he met a young Russian woman whom he married in Paris in 1858. The two returned to Russia, settling in St Petersburg, where Polonsky took a post on the Foreign Censorship Committee. The two years that followed were the most tragic of the poet’s life: A severe injury meant that he was unable to walk without crutches for the rest of his life. Then his wife fell ill with typhus and died, followed a few months later by their newborn son. Despite this personal drama, Polonsky worked with surprising dedication and success in all literary genres. He wrote many of his poems to the music of composers such as Alexander Dargomyshsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Taneyev and Anton Rubinstein, while others were set to music by these composers.
The line-up for this anniversary concert includes Arthur Galiandin and Michael Tschernow (recitation), Elvira Rizhanovich, Svetlana Prandetskaya, Olga Koslowa and Frits Kamp (vocals), Jekaterina Medvedeva (piano), Arthur Medvedev (violin), Maria Belanowskaya (domra), Michail Leontchik (cymbal), Andrey Parfinovich (guitar).
Artistic director: Tatjana Lukina
With support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
(MIR e. V. Centre for Russian Culture, Munich)