A piece for piano that transforms perfectly to the organ with its sombre tonalities.This also serves as a lament for what is happening in Ukraine.
Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko 23 November 1896 – 3 October 1938) was a Ukrainian composer, pianist, and educator. He was regarded by his contemporaries as a master of lyricism. His first compositions were markedly influenced by the works of composers such as Alexander Scriabin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and his compatriot Mykola Lysenko.
Kosenko's life is conclusively divided into three distinct phases, in Warsaw, where he studied with renowned teachers Mikhail Sokolovsky and Iryna Miklashovskaya, in Zhytomyr, where he began teaching piano and music theory at the Music Technicum, later becoming director of the Zhytomyr Music School, and finally in Kyiv, where he devoted more time to symphonic compositions such as his Heroic Overture, which brought him due recognition in the world of Soviet music. He was a leading figure among the broad-minded artistic collective of 20th-century Soviet music.
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The Prelude in E-flat minor, Op. 2 No. 1, is the first of four preludes composed between the years 1911 and 1915. All four preludes were set in minor keys, however only the first was ever published. Though still quite young and trying to "find his voice" as a composer, the harmonic influence of Alexander Scriabin's Second Period is evident, not just in its chromaticism, but also in the extension of and decreased function of unstable intervals and dissonant harmonies. The simple "Le-Sol-Me-Do-Do-Se" motive is stated, restated, transposed and transformed, never quite resolving (as we would expect). Indeed, what normally serves as a transient moment of tension and instability becomes an extended "painful" but colorful and beautiful point of arrival in and of itself! A final quiet restatement of the motive, this time flowing to the tonic quietly concludes the prelude.