In Kislovodsk remembered the great countryman - Vasily Il’ich Safonov automatic translate
KISLOVODSK. In the historical and regional museum «Fortress» they celebrated the jubilee of the outstanding conductor and teacher Vasily Safonov.
On January 19, an evening dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the pianist, conductor, teacher Vasily Il’ich Safonov was held at the Kislovodsk Museum of Local History.
The distance from the village of Ishcherskaya to Kislovodsk is 241 km. Two of these places surprisingly looped in the fate of the father and son Safonov. Ishcherskaya - the birthplace of both, in Kislovodsk their earthly way ended. The father of the famous musician, Ilya Ivanovich, was Lieutenant-General of the Terek Cossack Army, participated in the battles of the Caucasian War. The improved «Berdanka», which was called Safonov’s rifle, was in service with many Cossack formations, including during the Russo-Turkish war. For his services to the fatherland, Ilya Ivanovich was awarded orders of the highest dignity, at the coronation of the last Russian tsar, he was among the persons most close to him. Thanks to his desire to give children a versatile education and a music teacher he hired, his son Vasily found his true vocation, although he was predicted a successful diplomatic career.
The basis of Safonov’s future successes was laid by private lessons of the Polish teacher and composer Theodor Leschetizky (Theodor Leschetizky) and his special method. He studied music theory under the guidance of the famous Nikolai Zaremba. Amazing talent allowed Safonov in just 7 months to master the program of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and finish it with a gold medal. And after - a brilliant career, successful tours in the US and Europe, a pleiad of excellent students, among whom were Scriabin, Gedike, Medtner, Levina, Gnessina sisters. He collaborated with the best symphony orchestras of the world, his outstanding conductor talent was recognized by Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky. Responding to the urgent requests of Peter Ilyich, Safonov became a professor at the Moscow Conservatoire, and later also its director.
General Ilya Safonov died of cancer in Kislovodsk in 1896. The last, tragic, year of Vasily Ilyich’s life also took place in Kislovodsk. The novel of one of his daughters, Anna, with Admiral Kolchak, cost Safonov life. Published in Paris in 1986, Timiryova’s memoirs indicate that his sick heart could not stand one of the staged executions organized by order of the new authorities. He died in February 1918. 23-year-old grandson Safonov, talented artist Vladimir Timiryov, was shot at Butovo landfill in 1938. Anna herself, like her sister Elena, was subjected to repression. Another sister, Olga, died of starvation during the siege in Leningrad. The family crypt of the Safonov family was destroyed by explosives on the orders of the Bolsheviks in 1932.
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