Dmitry Kabalevsky

Though I posted this last year, I am reposting it with the same work… my favorite cello concerto, this particular version. Only change is, instead of a Theologos sunset, I added a detail from one of my Characters, as many of them were created while listening to this piece of music. Original post

On this day,

December 30, 1904

Soviet composer and teacher

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky

was born

in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Kabalevsky helped set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading figures during his lifetime. He was a prolific composer of piano music and chamber music; many of his piano works were performed by Vladimir Horowitz. He is best known in Western Europe for his Second Symphony, the “Comedians’ Galop” from The Comedians Suite, Op. 26 and his Third Piano Concerto

❝ We should never for an instant forget our main purpose, which is to interest our audience in music, to emotionally fascinate them, to infect them with our love of music.❞

Dmitry Kabalevsky

He has definitely ‘infected’ me!

❝ You can’t think you can write a pop song with your left foot or with whatever hand but if there is a symphony you need to sit behind the table, to think. You need to think about the pop song. If you don’t think about it then it turns out to be trash and vulgarity, of which there are plenty now on the air. And the second conclusion is this: if you like light music this is completely natural. For example, if I didn’t like light music I wouldn’t have written the music for Anton Ivanovich Is Angry. But if you like only light music then you are a poor fellow..❞

Dmitry Kabalevsky

We listen to

Cello Concerto #1 In G Minor, Op. 49

part 2


Eugene Ormandy

conducting the
Philadelphia Orchestra

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Character No14 • Oil on paper • ©Marina Kanavaki


Stay Safe!

22 replies »

  1. The music is almost as gorgeous as your art!
    Music is a wonderful inspiration when creating.
    Yo-Yo Ma is amazing. I adore cello!
    Thank you, dahling!

    • Awwww…. (I hope he didn’t see that from wherever he is!!! 😂🤣😂🤣) I’m in love with that piece and yes, Yo-Yo Ma does a brilliant performance of it.
      Thank YOU, dahling!

  2. as I’ve said before you have a wonderful way with lines – this one must surely be a cello string reverberating to this music (nice image I have of your painting and listening)

  3. Marina – the colours are vibrant, the line has a story to tell us, and you bring it all together with compassion. I will be using your painting for meditation. Sending hugs and love.

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