The First Concert


       Everyone was impatient. Three unusual forms (amongst which one was round, matte, and glass!); a small piano, where against each key was a vibrant strip of a distinct color; unknown instruments; cables pulling towards... the forms; cinematographic equipment. All intensified interest: "Will it soon begin?"
       Hence! The people came, to become the witnesses of a spectacular event: for the first time in the Soviet Union would take place a public concert of light music. There will be no sound, but simply a play of colors on formations. There will be fantastic light-rhythms, melody of hues, songs in color, symphonies, pieces. How is this? What is this? No one knows, and thus people are gnawed by these riddles.
       The audience is not small. The room is not large. And this is hardly surprising; there are yet no theaters or special sites for similar concerts, space screens have never yet been constructed. The concert will be rendered with the assistance of instruments, which were constructed by the inventor himself.
       The Kievan artist Florian Yuriev, in his childhood, lived with his biologist-father in the far North, where he witnessed fantastic visions: shining rainbows of the northern lights, magnetic storms with flaming pillars, green and yellow curtains, which fall from the heavens with fantastic inter-play of colors. And also austere but brilliant hues of Siberian autumn... The colors captivated the little boy. Afterwards – what lucky coincidence of circumstances! In the Irkutsk College of Painting the pupil Florian was taught by artists, who captivated him and imparted great significance to coloration in fine arts.
       The charm of color enticed the young man. When only in his fifth year at the Kiev Art Institute, Florian began translating Beethoven's Fifth Symphony into light music. And here, eleven years after the first attempts, after the restriction of many years' worth of creative inventions, selfless inventive work, later systemizing of light and cinematography, and creation of color notes, Florian Yuriev is now teaching the well-supported and extensive theory of light music. He advocates the light music as an independent field of fine art.
       Afterwards... the lights dim. On one formation engage, vibrate, run bewildered; this hot, that cold, that tender spring-like, that fantastically turbulent scales of colors. Undulating light-rhythm. Enchanting spectacle. Storybook shades, which are seldom seen.
       Florian Yuriev and his colleague execute an instrumental duet. Another, a spherical form, like a peculiar refrain, strengthens the primary motif of the work- a colorful legend or ballad, in which so sharply resounds the triumph of the beautiful.
       Strange, but under the sway of the light-fantasia, the absence of sound completely goes unnoticed.
       On a normal movie screen is demonstrated the color-transcribed movie line "Left March" of V. Mayavskay. Here unfolds a completely unprecedented form of aesthetic interpretation of artistic creations! On the appropriate light background, all over the screen appear words, images, separate composites, letters... Every one of them has its own font, form, and size, tint, rhythmic pattern, dynamic unfolding of composition - all this representing the semantic content and emotional meaning of the words. Instead of absolute silence is felt the resonance of words. In this manner is becomes possible to relay to the viewer every poetic word, unfurling the meaning of the poetry- which could thus aid our schools, institutes, popular lectures, and literary groups!
       The poems of Lina Kostenko "Vitrazh" and Florian Yuriev's "Work", ponderable and wavelike, were rendered "in color"... Displayed to the audience also was Yuriev's light-symphony "The Firebird"...
       The concert of light music finished...Everyone sensed that this new type of art would broaden and uncover new aesthetic horizons for humanity, and enrich our culture and perceptions...
       The first concert took place. And further? But about this will tell our inventor.

       Sergej Plachynda



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