Nikolai Karlovich Medtner: Chto ty klonish’ nad vodami / Что ты клонишь над водами (Willow, why forever bending?)

11 03 2009
Every leaf languishes, trembling above the water

"With quivering leaves like greedy lips... every leaf languishes, trembling above the water"

This song is sensuality in text and music — Medtner captures both the willow’s yearning and the flowing water that will never be caught.

Hearing Russian vocal music is rare enough in America, usually limited to Rachmaninoff and Tschaikovsky. Medtner’s works are every bit as virtuosic and rewarding for both performers and listeners, and merit closer study. His works are available on IMSLP, and I encourage singers and pianists alike to dig in!

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2 responses

11 03 2009
Ashly

Thank you so much for posting this! Such beautiful music. And it’s public domain! Wonderful!

14 03 2009
rahree

wow…the accompanying photo is GORGEOUS, too. soooo pretty.

saw Rice today – we must all get together soon. it’s been tooooo long!

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