Different Countries, Same Gorodki 22.06.2021The traditional Russian game of Gorodki dates back to the 18th century. It was played by Leo Tolstoy and Maksim Gorky. In Soviet times, Gorodki turned into a legitimate sport, and this year marks the 85th anniversary of the first USSR championship. Today, the Gorodki is played not only in Russia and the CIS countries - Russian compatriots have brought the game to the far abroad. It has been found that the Gorodki can unite nations (Karelia and Finland hold joint tournaments) and bring back to the origins: it was abroad that many compatriots took up a bat for the first time.
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130th anniversary of composer Prokofiev celebrated in Istanbul
The Russian Center of the Russian Society for Education, Cultural and Business Cooperation in Istanbul hosted a meeting dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev. The hall brought together Russian compatriots and members of the diaspora, music lovers.
Musical abilities of Prokofiev began to manifest themselves in childhood. At the age of 9 he wrote his first opera. Then he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in composition, piano and organ. A good musical education allowed him, as a composer and performer, to successfully tour Europe and America.
The composer has written many operas and ballets, such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Steel Jump, The Love for Three Oranges and others. Prokofiev is the author of music for films "Ivan the Terrible", "Alexander Nevsky", "Lermontov", etc. Fragments of these films were shown to the participants of the meeting.
During the Great Patriotic War, Sergei Prokofiev worked on the opera War and Peace. The audience was surprised to learn that the composer was an outstanding chess player, playing with Lasker and Capablanca. He said that "chess is the music of thought."
The last years of his life were darkened by the party's decree on formalism, after which the composer did not have the opportunity to perform for a year, but continued to create music until his last days. He died on the same day as Stalin and the country learned about his death only a few days later. The conductor of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev said that today Prokofiev is perceived as Tchaikovsky and is the Mozart of the 20th century: “There were no such melodists as Prokofiev in the 20th century. Composers equal to the talent of Sergei Sergeevich will not appear on earth soon ”.
The 2nd part of the meeting was a concert. The pianist and violinist performed works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and other composers.
Russian Center in Istanbul