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Alla Pavlova (b. 1952)
Symphonies Nos 7 and 8
Alla Pavlova is a composer and musicologist. In 1983 she received her Master’s Degree at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. From 1983 to 1986 she lived in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where she worked for the Union of Bulgarian Composers and the Bulgarian National Opera. From 1986 to 1989 she was in Moscow, working for the Russian Musical Society Board. Since 1990 she has lived in New York, where she is a member of New York Women Composers, Inc. Alla Pavlova has written various compositions for orchestra, including a number of symphonies and the ballet Sulamith (2003–2005), based on the 1908 story by the famous Russian writer Alexandre Kuprin about the love of King Solomon for Sulamith, a servant from his vineyard, as well as other instrumental and vocal works that have been performed in the United States, Europe and Canada.
I began working on the Seventh Symphony in the late autumn of 2009 and completed the first version of the score by June the following year. I had planned to write a final version over the summer, but fate decreed otherwise. Owing to my mother’s illness, from July 2010 almost to the end of January 2011, I had scarcely an hour to devote to music. Fortunately, my mother recovered, and at the end of January I continued working on the symphony. Now, however, entirely new music arrived unexpectedly: the preliminary version of the Eighth Symphony. This I completed by the end of February, just in time for the sixtieth birthday of my husband, Arkady. I decided therefore to dedicate the Eighth Symphony to him, for his almost twenty years of support for my work—though he was not able to hear the work for almost another year. By the beginning of May 2011 the final version of the new symphony was ready, and the final version of the Seventh Symphony two months after that. From August to December 2011 the scores were written on computer, and then printed out at the beginning of February 2012.
Neither symphony has a programme. The Seventh Symphony constitutes a synthesis of symphonic and string concerto genres, though its particular dramatic structure is closer to that of a symphony than a concerto. Moreover, the violin solos do not require demonstration of the virtuosic potential of either the instrument or the performer. The Eighth Symphony, in its own way, is my personal Ode to Joy. Rather than go into the particular thoughts and feelings behind the composing of these symphonies, I would rather allow listeners free rein to fill the space with their imagination.
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