Yuri Falik: Metamorphoses of Life And Work




International Musicological Conference and Roundtable

dedicated to the memory of Y. A. Falik (1936–2009)

December 13th -15th 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia

Yuri Alexandrovich Falik (1936-2019) – People’s Artist of Russia, internationally renowned composer, orchestral conductor, and a public figure, Professor of Composition and Instrumentation at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. The composer’s artistic legacy includes choral, orchestral and chamber instrumental music, several works for musical theater, and a number of sacred works. Many of Falik’s compositions became the staple of the repertoire of many performing ensembles in Russia and abroad, earning him a well-deserved fame.

Y.A. Falik’s colleagues, students, and friends remember him as an artist and intellectual who embraced everything new. At the same time, Falik’s artistic professionalism is deeply rooted in tradition, austerity, and self-discipline. All of these characterize the personality of a great artist, for whom technical considerations were secondary to the embodiment of an artistic concept.

The conference’s title resonates with the title of Falik’s autobiographical book in a form of the dialogues. Organizers of the conference conceived of this forum as a continuation of the dialogue and, simultaneously, as an attempt to comprehend the phenomena of the personality and oœvre of Y. A. Falik within the categories specified by the composer himself.

The Program Committee invites participation of musicologists, composers, performers, music educators, and graduate students, as well as independent scholars and archivists. The presentation topics may include the following:

  • Falik’s work in the context of musical culture of the 20th-21st centuries
  • Falik and the St. Petersburg compositional school
  • The composer`s personality and biography in memoirs of contemporaries, friends, colleagues, and students
  • The work of Y. A. Falik at the intersection of tradition and innovation
  • Main stages of the composer’s creative evolution: the problems of periodization of Falik’s oœvre
  • Falik as composer and performer: The interaction between the two sides of his artistic persona
  • Musical-aesthetic and pedagogical views and principles of Y. A. Falik
  • Falik’s creative methodology and compositional technique  
  • Major themes in the works of Y. A. Falik
  • Falik’s interpretation of a “concert style” concept in works in different genres
  • Orchestral and instrumental chamber music
  • Vocal chamber and choral music
  • Genre paradoxes in Y. A. Falik`s works
  • The role of Russian Silver Age poetry in the composer’s oœvre
  • Falik’s musical theater
  • Performance as interpretation of Y. A. Falik`s music

The duration of presentations is limited to 20 minutes.

The main language of the conference is Russian; however, submissions in English are also invited. Interested scholars who will not be able to attend are invited to send their paper to be read at the conference. All presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

Participation proposals should be sent by email to kle-zemer@bk.ru.

The abstract must not exceed 500-1000 characters.

The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2019.

When submitting your abstract, please include the following information:

  1. First and last name
  2. Title of the paper
  3. Academic degree
  4. Academic position
  5. Country, city
  6. Home institution
  7. Phone number including country and city code
  8. Email address
  9. Abstract (500-1000characters)

Other information:

  • The conference will take place at the Composers’ House, Bolshaya Morskaya Street, 45, St. Petersburg, 190068, Russia.
  • There is no registration fee. All conference events are free of charge for the presenters. While the organizers cannot offer any travel grants or accommodation discounts, we will be happy to offer practical advice when you make your travel arrangements. A personal invitation to the conference will be sent upon request.
  • There are plans to publish conference proceedings. Participants should send their papers  (15000 characters or less) to kle-zemer@bk.ru. The deadline is  June 1st, 2020. The program committee reserves the right to edit all submissions.
  • The style guide will be available after the conference.

Program Committee:

Iosif Raiskin – musicologist, music critic, Chair of Musicology and Music Criticism section at the St. Petersburg Composers Union

Tamara Tverdovskaya –PhD in musicology, Vice-Rector of Research at the St. Petersburg Conservatory

Evgeny Khazdan – composer, Head of the Music Fund of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg

Eugeni Petrov – composer, Associate Professor of Instrumentation and Non-Major Composition Department of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Sergei Ekimov – composer, choral conductor, Professor of Russian State (Herzen) Pedagogical University; Head of the Academic Choral Department, Faculty of Arts, St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture.

Olga Usacheva – PhD in musicology, Deputy Director of Russian Music Research Institute at Linyi University (China)