Continuing Kirill’s revelatory exploration of little-known, but fascinating composers from Eastern Europe, his Ukrainian compatriot, Theodore Akimenko, had the distinction of being Stravinsky’s first composition teacher. The Trumpet Concerto by the Armenian, Alexander Arutiunian, is brilliantly conceived for the instrument and imbued with the folk music of his homeland, whereas in his Second Symphony, Tchaikovsky used actual Ukrainian folk tunes which resulted in its ‘Little Russian’ nickname.
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