Dmitri Shostakovich: Babi Yar

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No.13 In B Flat minor, Op.113
Adagio: “Babi Yar
Poem “Babi Yar” by Yevgeni Yevtushenko
Bass: Marius Rintzler
Gentlemen from the Choir of the Concertgebouw Orchestra
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink

Babi Yar  by Yevgeni Yevtushenko

Nad Babim Yarom pamyatnikov nyet.
Krutoi obryv, kak gruboye nadgrobye.
Mne strashno.
Mne sevodnya stolko let,
Kak samomu yevreiskomu narodu.

Mne kazhetsya seichas – ya iudei.
vot ya bredu po drevnemu Egiptu.
A vot ya, na kreste raspyati, gibnu.
I do sikh por na mne – sledy gvozdei.
Mne kazhestya, shot Dreifus – eto ya.
Meshchanstvo – moi donoschik i sudya.
Ya za reshotkoi. Ya popal v koltso,
Zatravlennyi, oplyovannyi, obolgannyi,
I admochki s bryusselskimi oborkami,
Vizzha, zontami tychut mne v litso.
Mne kahzetsya, ya – malchik v Belostoke.

Krov lyotsya, rastekayas po polam,
Beschinstvuyut vozhdi traktimoi stoiki
I pakhnut vodkoi s lukom popolam.

Ya sapogom otbroshennyi, bessilnyi.
Naprasno ya pogromshchikov moyu.

Pod gogot: “Bei zhidov, spasai Rossiyu!”
Labaznik izbiyavet mat moyu.

O russki moi narod, ya znayu ty
Po sushchnosti internazionalen.
No chasto te, chi ruki nechisty
Tvoim chiteishim imenem bryatsali.
Ya znayu dobrotu moyei zemli.
Kak podlo, shto i zhilochkoi ne drognuv.
Antisemity narekli sebya

“Soyuzom Russkovo Naroda!”

Mne kazhetsya ya – eto Anna Frank,
Prozrachnaya, kak vetochka v aprele,
I ya lyublyu, i mne ne nado fraz,
No nado, shtob drug v druga my smotreli.
Kak malo mozhno videt, obonyat!
Nelzya nam listyev
I nelzya nam neba,
No mozhno ochen mnogo – eto nezhno
Drug druga v tyomnoi komnate obnyat.

“Syuda idut!”

“Ne bosa, eto guly
Samoy vesny. Ona syuda idyot.
Idi ko mne,
Dai mne skoreye guby!”

“Lomayut dver!”

“Nyet, eto ledokhod…”

Nad Babim Yarom shelest dikikh trav,
Derevya smotryat grozno, po-sudeiski.
Zdes molcha vsyo krichit, i, shapku snyav,
Ya chuvstvuyu, kak medlenno sedeyu.

I sam ya, kak sploshnoi bezzvuchnyi krik,
Nad tysyachami tysyach pogrebyonnykh.
Ya – kazhdyi zdes rasstrelyanni starik.
Ya – kazhdyi zdes rasstrelyanni rebyonok.
Nichto vo mne pro eto ne zabudet.

“Internatsional” pust progremit.
Kogda naveki pokhoronen budet
Posledni na zemle antisemit.

Yevreiskoi krovi nyet v krovi moyei,
No nenavisten zloboi zaskoruzloi
Ya vsem antisemitam, kak yevrei.

I potomu ya – nastoyashchi russki!

Transliteration and translation adopted from Valeria Vlazinskaya here


I created this video using a painting that was inspired by this musical piece.
Character No20

 

character#20©marina kanavaki

Character No20 • 1999 © marina kanavaki • Technique: Acrylic & Ink on paper • Original size: 9x14cm

from M.K. solo exhibition in 1999 at Epohes Gallery: “CHARACTERS


 

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29 Responses to “Dmitri Shostakovich: Babi Yar”
  1. I love Shostakovich and your inspired work! Brilliant.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Lovely morning music, thanks Marina!

  3. Resa says:

    OMG, I listened to all of the piece. However, I like your art more & better! 😀 xoxoxo

    • A-ha-ha-ha….. well, I hope he didn’t hear that!!!! 😉 [although I’m sure he’s aware -wherever he is- that I’m forever grateful for his music!] Thank you, my sweet friend. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. The image and the music complement each other beautifully! Have a great week, Marina!

  5. Really nice, Amiga.. I am going to return to this when I have a segment of time to paint.. and see what results… Thanks in advance!

    • Thanks for the translation, which led me to read more.. He was born 7 years earlier than my father, and his heart troubled him for ten years before it finally took him… He endured a lot of personal losses/pain, and I wonder if that contributed to his heart problems.

      • Thank you so much, my dear Lisa. I’m so sorry about your father, that he went through many hardships. I’m not a doctor, nor do I have any medical knowledge but it seems only too logical that these problems would affect his heart. Mentally speaking I am positive that our troubles ultimately affect our bodies, one way or another. I truly believe this. Sending you a big hug and xxxxxx

  6. Marina, your art fits so perfectly with the music. Haunting and intense. Love it. 🙂

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    I know Shostakovich, but not this haunting piece. … but your art is matches the music. (well, at least to me)

  8. Thank you Marina.. a dramatic painting created into a wonderful video piece.. Thank you also for providing the link to the lyrics translation.. I felt the sadness, drama and power of the music.. Reading the words I see why and how well your portrait went with this piece..

    ❤ Sue xx

    • My dearest Sue, being an artist yourself I understand exactly how you must have felt listening to this. Shostakovich has been a composer I’ve been very fond of ever since childhood and his music is dear to me. To be honest, when I painted this, I hadn’t read the poem. I was drawn to the music so much that the poem, even unread felt familiar. Thank you for your attention and kind words! Hugs and love 🙂 xxxxxxxxx

  9. Dina says:

    Bravo, Marina!!

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