© Olympia Orlova

2017/2018

Vladimir Tarnopolski , Dr.

Professor of Composition

Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Born in 1955 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Studied Music at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory


Arbeitsvorhaben

The Rape of Europa (Opera)

The idea of the opera is to show the conflicts between different political ideas and systems in Europe and for Europe during the last hundred years. The scenery is based on two sources - dramatic episodes from European history of the 20th-21st centuries based mostly on documentary texts, in juxtaposition with Classical Antiquity's myth of the Rape of Europa, according to Moschus' "Europa".
Moschus tells in epic verse how the virgin Europa, after dreaming of a struggle between the two unknown continents for the possession of her, was carried off from among her companions by Zeus in the form of a bull and borne across the sea from Tyre to Crete, there to become his bride.
Parallel to the development of Moschus' poem, the opera metaphorically demonstrates scenes from European history of the last hundred years - wars between blocs of countries (Moschus' "struggle of two continents for Europe"); political, artistic, and scientific revolutions (actual meetings in 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich of revolutionaries of all shapes – Lenin, the Dadaists, and, hypothetically, Einstein); acts of political reconciliation (the Yalta Conference); unification (the text of the Declaration on the European Union); flourishing new escalations of conflicts (Iraq, Georgia, Libya, Ukraine, etc.); and threats (terrorists). This stratum of the scenario is based predominantly on documentary texts, as well as on various metaphorically correlating ancient sources.
Finally, the third line, which runs through the entire opera, is presented by three lyrical dramatic duo scenes of Europa and Zeus the Bull; as these scenes develop, each of the protagonists undergoes a radical transformation. In the first duo, following the ancient myth, the Bull abducts the young, trusting Europa and takes her to Crete. In the second duo, Europa, having matured, finds the strength in herself to resist the Bull, as a symbol of violence, and wins her independence from the abuser, who is put to shame. Finally, in the third scene, Europa, who grows older and acquires power over the Bull, asks him to take her somewhere far away from all the insoluble problems.

Recommended Listening

Tarnopolski, Vladimir. Red Shift for large orchestra and electronic. Premiere: Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo. Festival Manca, 2013.
-. Blue Shift for orchestra. Premiere: Münchner Philharmoniker. Munich, 2017.
-. "Jenseits der Schatten." Video opera with motifs from Plato and Pliny. Premiere: Beethovenfest Bonn. Bonn, 2006.
-. "Wenn die Zeit über die Ufer tritt." Opera deconstruction with motifs from Anton Tchekhov. Premiere: Münchener Biennale. Munich, 1999.

Dienstagskolloquium , 13.02.2018

Die Entführung der Europa: Mythos und Oper

Oper ist Gesangstheater. Die Oper ist eines der emotional bewegendsten und intellektuell weiträumigsten Genres der Kunst. Durch die konservative Repertoireauswahl der meisten heutigen Operntheater ist die Oper in den Augen der breiten Öffentlichkeit zu einem angenehmen musealen Anachronismus geworden. Gegen Ende der Renaissance ist sie jedoch als Experiment entstanden und das ist Oper bis heute. Sie reizt Komponisten immer wieder, nach neuen kreativen Lösungen zu suchen und aktuelle Themen aufzugreifen.

Die Idee meiner neuen Oper besteht darin, die Paradoxa der gegenwärtigen politischen Situation durch das Prisma des europäischen Gründungsmythos von der Entführung der Europa zu betrachten. Der antike Mythos wird hier zur "camera obscura", durch die sich die Ereignisse der europäischen Kultur in neuem Licht zeigen. Die Abstraktheit und Bedingtheit der Sprache der Musik ermöglichen es, mythische und reale politische Persönlichkeiten, Geschichte und Gegenwart, Liebe und Politik in einem Werk zusammen zu führen


Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( S.l., 2018)
Works II

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( Moskau, 2017)
The Moscow conservatory collection : selected works Werke / Ausw

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( s.l, 2015)
Jenseits der Schatten (2006) : eine Multimedia-Oper

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( s.l., 2015)
Foucault's pendulum : (2004)

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( [Moskau], 2004)
Foucault's pendulum : for large ensemble (2004) Noten::Foucault's pendulum

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( [Moskau], 2001)
Chevengur : for voice and ensemble Noten::Chevengur

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( S.l., 1999)
When time overflows : (three sisters) Ton::An den Ufern der Zeit

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( [S.l.], 1998)
An introduction to Vladimir Tarnopolski Werke / Ausw

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( s.l., 20)
Works I

Tarnopolski, Vladimir ( S.l.: s.n., 20)
Blue shift : for orchestra


Konzert29.10.2017

"Chevengur"

mehr


Dienstagskolloquium - Arbeitsbericht13.02.2018

Die Entführung der Europa: Mythos und Oper

mehr


Gesprächskonzert23.05.2018

Verstreute Worte, strukturierte Klänge: Werke von Vladimir Tarnopolski

mehr