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90th birthday of Nikolai Karetnikov

On 28 June 2020 we are commemorating the 90th birthday of Nikolai Karetnikov. The Russian composer and creator of the singspiel "Till Eulenspiegel" and the ballet "Klein Zaches" died in 1994.

He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1953 under Vissarion Shebalin. In contrast to his contemporaries Sofia Gubaidulina, Edison Denisov or Alfred Schnittke, Karetnikov had a much harder time asserting himself outside the former Soviet Union. But he also met with hostility in his homeland on account of his blatant commitment to avant-garde compositional methods from the West, such as dodecaphony. 

In 1973 he came to Germany's attention with a production of Karetnikov's ballet music to E.T.A. Hoffmann's later tale "Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober" at the Hanover Opera House. Karetnikov was not allowed to leave the Soviet Union for the premiere. Only at the end of his life did he visit France or Switzerland, for instance, where his music, including many of his film scores, had been greatly appreciated.

One of Karetnikov's most important works aside from the ballet "Little Zaches called Vermilion" is the musical comedy " Till Eulenspiegel", which refers to the picaresque novel by the Flemish poet Charles de Coster.

Nikolai Karetnikov (28.06.1930 – 10.10.1994)
90th birthday
Well known works of the composer:
- Symphony No. 3
- Chamber Symphony
- "Little Zaches called Vermilion." Ballet after E.T.A. Hoffmann
- "Till Eulenspiegel". Musical comedy 2 acts (24 scenes) by Pavel Lungin and Nikolai Karetnikov based on the "Legend of Till Eulenspiegel" by Charles de Costerr  

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