Семь эскизов к Древу Жизни

Translated title of the contribution: Seven Sketches to the Tree of Life

Татьяна Ш. Гершбейн

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In many ancient cultures the number seven was distinguished with a special type of symbolism. There is also an aureole of mystique surrounding the cycle “Seven Sketches for Piano” by Saratov-based composer Elena Gokhman. In order to line up one of the possible conceptions of the composition the author turned her attention to the universal Kabbalistic model of the human being – the Tree of Life. The seven components of the Tree – the sephiroths – reflect the seven psychological characteristic features of the human being which it is necessary to develop and perfect, harmonizing them with both each other and with the outer world. The analogies between the Tree of Life and the pieces comprising the piano cycle line up the psychological portrait of our contemporary: permeated with contradictions, aspiring towards harmony and conveying clemency to the world.
Translated title of the contributionSeven Sketches to the Tree of Life
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2021


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