№ 1 (91) 2021

Mikhail Saponov (Moscow). Pervyj vek Messy h-moll J. S. Bakha / The first century of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor (pp. 1–15)

The article, slightly reconstructing the long way (over a century) towards a complete performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, uses the narration as a background for discussion on several important problems. 1. The dramatic reception history of the Mass and other Bach’s masterpieces during the first hundred years after his death. 2. New aspects of research of musical life in main Bach reception centres of Germany from the end of the 18th century up to the 1850s, including peculiar ways of sacred music realisation in Berlin and Frankfurt, which the article denotes as “club society’s” or “burgher” realisations. 3. The decisive influence of Carl Friedrich Zelter’s conception of the B Minor Mass as a unity and his leadership in Bach revival movement of his time. 4. The reasons of the strange slowness with which the realization (in performance) of the masterpiece as a whole was implemented.

Keywords: J. S. Bach; B Minor Mass; Sing-Akademie zu Berlin; choral societies; C. F. Zelter; A. B. Marx; historically informed interpretation.


Elena Yuneeva (Volgograd). Checkina iz Florentsii / La Cecchina from Florence (pp. 16–22)

The article is the first musicological publication in Russian, focuses on the career of the famous Florentine singer and composer Francesca Caccini, whose talent was highly appreciated by the great Claudio Monteverdi. Francesca turned out to be one of the few women of her time who achieved great success in the musical field. Moreover she was the first woman to write an opera. And her music largely contributed to the formation of early Baroque style in music of the first quarter of the 17th century.

Keywords: Francesca Caccini; women-composers; Florentine opera; music of Early Baroque; Grand Dukes of Tuscany; court musicians.


Maria Bazilevich (Tyumen). Ferdinand Hérold: zabytyj master frantsuzskoj muzyki / Ferdinand Hérold: the forgotten master of French music (pp. 23–31)

The article is the first musicological publication in Russian about Ferdinand Hérold, a famous French composer in the first third of the 19th century, whose numerous operas, ballets and instrumental compositions were later largely forgotten. The author not only describes the most important stages of Hérold’s musical career and stylistic evolution of his music, but also makes an attempt to assess his contribution to the history of music.

Keywords: Ferdinand Hérold; French music; opera; opéra-comique.