Summary Daniil Grigoryevich Frenkel


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Frenkel is the author of a large number of musical, theatrical, symphonic and chamber works. The main interests of the composer lie in the field of opera. The influence of the traditions of the Russian opera classics of the 19th century, especially Tchaikovsky, and in part Mussorgsky, affected the musical style of Frenkel’s operas, marked by melodiousness, clarity of form, simplicity of harmonic means.

Daniil Grigoryevich Frenkel was born on September 15 (new) in 1906 in Kiev. In his childhood he studied playing the piano, from 1925 to 1928 he studied piano playing at the Odessa Conservatory, and from 1928 in Leningrad. Under the direction of composer A. Gladkovsky, he passed a course of theory and composition, with M. Steinberg engaged in instrumentation. Among the first works of Frenkel – romances, piano pieces, as well as operas: “Law and the Pharaoh” (1933) and “In the Gorge” (1934),

written based on the stories of O’Henry. In the next work – the opera “Breaking Dawn” (1937) – the composer turned to the socially significant theme of the revolutionary movement in nineteenth-century Russia. At the same time, Frenkel tried his hand at symphonic music (Symphonietta, 1934, Suite, 1937).

The creation of the period of the Great Patriotic War and post-war years was marked by the deepening of the content, the expansion of the range of genres. There is a cantata “The Sacred War”, a number of chamber-instrumental compositions, including piano sonatas, quintet, quartets, music for dramatic performances. As before, Frenkel is attracted to the opera. In 1945, the opera “Diana and Teodoro” (based on the play Lope de Vega “The Dog in the Nest”) was written. Among the latest works of the opera “Bespridannitsa” (based on the play of A. Ostrovsky), staged in 1959 by the Leningrad Small Opera Theater).

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Summary Daniil Grigoryevich Frenkel