"The Tale of the Priest and his worker Balda". Music for the cartoon film.
Director: M. Tsekhanovsky. Moscow, at the "Soyuzmultfilm" studios. The film was not released.
Manuscripts: Separate pieces in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art, (Stack 2048, Inv.3, Item 34), the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture, Stack 32, Items 112, 286,113) and the Leningrad State Archive for Literature and Art, (Stack 257, Inv. 16, Item 2052).
First Edition: "Sovietskii kompozitor" Publishers, 1981.
Opus 36ą. Suite for orchestra from the music for the cartoon film: "The Tale of the Priest and his worker Balda".
2. Procession of the Obscurantists
5. Dialogue between Balda and the Little Demon
6. Dream of the Priest's Daughter
First Performance: September 25, 1979. Leningrad. Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonia. Conductor G. Rozhdestvensky.
Manuscript: Centre for Notation Materials of the Union of Composers, Moscow, No. 10558
"His participation encourages me. <...> A marvellous boy. Very attentive, very talented...He is considered almost a genius. He works at an incredible speed, without letting the quality suffer at all. A real artist. A real master. Now it's up to me. I have to produce a film of a quality as high as that of his music. <...>. He played firmly, precisely. It seemed that his fingers were extracting precious stones from the instrument. When turning the pages, he almost tore the paper ... he was so keen to keep the tempo going and, when he had finished, he was breathing heavily as if he'd been for a run...His commitment to his work was like that of an inspired superb artist. All this goaded me on like a whip. Now I can't do
anything mediocre or drab. The screen has to sparkle, just as brightly as the music in tempo and colours..."
(From the Diary of M. Tsekhanovsky. Autumn 1934).