Russian singer Lidiya Ruslanova monument
Opened 3 April 2018 the monument decorates the square at the central entrance to the Saratov regional center of folk art named after Ruslanova. The bronze monument is a single-figure composition of the singer, which stands in a characteristic pose – at the time of performing a folk song. The author of the three-meter bronze sculpture is Honored Artist of Russia Andrei Shcherbakov. The sculptor portrayed the “Queen of Russian Song” at the time of his performance in front of the soldiers on the steps of the Reichstag shortly before the end of World War II. According to the biographers, the singer gave more than 1,100 concerts at the front. Ruslanova is famous for the songs “Steppe and Steppe around”, “Shining Month”, “Valenki” and “Katyusha”. On the monument, the inscription “Throw, throw me into the Volga-Mother, I will drown in it my sadness, my sadness.”
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Russian singer Lidiya Ruslanova monument
Outstanding ballerina Olga Lepeshinskaya monuments
Once, the statue of the “ballerina” adorned the house on Tverskaya Street (former Gorky Street) in Moscow. However, the authorities removed the monument 60 years ago, in 1958. According to one version, because the rulers did not like to drive “under the skirt”.
Meanwhile, the local historians state that the statue depicts a ballerina Olga Lepeshinskaya, who allegedly lived in the same house. In favor of this version, was the fact that Stalin, who determined the appearance of Gorky Street, often visited the productions with her participation.
However, four times Stalin prize winner Lepeshinskaya herself denied this fact. Here is her answer: “I never lived there and nobody sculpted a statue from me. But the fact is that at the beginning of the war I was on duty on this roof, extinguished German lighters.”
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich monument
Born March 27, 91 years ago, Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich was an outstanding cellist, pianist, conductor, and public figure. Also, he was a teacher, five-time Grammy Award winner, State Prize winner of Russia, People’s Artist of the USSR.
A bright memory to the Great Musician became a monument opened in Moscow in 2012, on March 29, not far from the so-called House of Composers in Bryusov Lane. The place, where the musician lived with his wife, the great opera diva Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. In fact, the opening ceremony took place in the frame of celebration of 85-year anniversary of the birth of a famous musician and conductor.
The author of the sculptural composition was the sculptor Alexander Iulianovich Rukavishnikov, who worked in tandem with the architect Igor Nikolaevich Voznesensky.
Performed from bronze cello, bow and strings, as well as dynamism in the image of Rostropovich create the impression that from the pedestal will soon sound divine music.
Stories behind musical instrument monuments
Located on the avenue of Pushkinskaya Embankment, the monument “Romance with a double bass” appeared in Taganrog 12 September 2008.
Based on the eponymous humoresque of Anton Chekhov “Romance with a double bass”, it immediately became favorite of the townspeople. As a literary basis, the sculptor Dmitry Lyndin took the image of the young princess Bibulova. She, in an absurd combination of circumstances turned out to be locked in a case of this double bass. The graceful maiden figure cautiously peeps out of the case, and on the face of the beauty we see fright, while the elegant leg is ready to hide back.
Noteworthy, the instrument without a cover, and a lady without clothes. However, there is not a drop of vulgarity, because the love of music is not erotic, but platonic. At the heart of the idea is a simple and universally accessible metaphor. For its implementation, the sculptor chose an ideal shape: no sharp corners and smooth lines.
Armenian Composer Aram Khachaturian monument
The monument to Aram Ilyich Khachaturian appeared in Moscow in 2006 in a small cozy square of Bryusov Lane next to the house in which he lived. The bronze sculpture of an outstanding composer and conductor stands on a granite slab. In the hands of the composer are notes, and behind the back are musical instruments: organ, cello and piano. The authors of the monument are the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan and the architect Igor Voskresensky.
The prominent composer Aram Khachaturian was from a small Georgian village, but since 19 years lived in Moscow, and worked in the Moscow Conservatory. In fact, the creation of the monument, financed by the Armenian municipality, became the gift donated to Moscow in the year of Armenia in Russia.
First female opera director Natalia Sats monument
Monument to the founder and the head of six children’s theaters Natalia Ilyinichna Sats (27 August 1903 – 18 December 1993) decorates the area in front of the theater bearing her name. Noteworthy, Natalia Sats is the first female opera director in the world. The installed in Moscow monument depicts Natalia Sats with two children in the images of Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf.
Natalia Ilyinichna Sats created the world’s first children’s theater. And then another sixty theaters around the world, including the Alma-Ata Theater for Young Spectators. By the way, the Moscow State Academic Children’s Musical Theater named after Natalia Ilyinichna Sats is the first and so far the only professional music theater for children in the world.
Monument to Feodor Chaliapin at his house-museum on Novinsky Boulevard in Moscow, established July 30, 2003. The author of the monument – sculptor Vadim Mikhailovich Tserkovnikov. According to the author, he planned to portray the singer reclining, leaning on a tree torn up from the ground. In particular, in the same position in which famous Russian painter Ilya Repin portrayed Chaliapin in 1915 in his painting. Unfortunately, the portrait has not survived. Meanwhile, lopped tree symbolizes eternal peace and eternal memory, as it is portrayed in the Polish gravestones. However, in this monument torn roots show that despite emigration soul of great Russian singer stayed at home. The height of the monument with the pedestal is 2.5 meters.
However, there are many people who do not like the composition of the monument. According to them, Fedor reminds them “an alcoholic searching for troubles.” In addition, the land on which the singer sits, too, in their view, looks too naturally, that creates the impression that the singer is in the pile of dirt, washed out by rain.