is a great Russian pianist, but apart from that he writes very
short absurd stories, like:
upon a time there was an old skinflint. The man had a very fat
housekeeper. When he looked at her, she reminded him of a huge
needs to be hotter , exactly twenty two degrees according to the
measurings of the Swedish astronomer Celsius)
That gave him an inspiration.
He let the woman sit in his bath until the water was warm
When you wonder
why the reader should know the astronomer is from
Sweden and why the water must be twenty two degrees, it seems
absurd, but that temperature fits in with the
story. It is not enough to say the skinflint uses his housekeeper
as a source of heat.
As a comment on this text, Anatol says he wrote
it just for fun, he compares writing with playing the piano;
It is always
the intonation that separates the
lie from the truth, nothing else.”
The want to be
expressive kills music, you will get something deliberately
Another consideration from this musician is about the difference
between beauty and expression, the ability to express.
Something very expressive is not necessarily beautiful and beauty
is not necessarily expressive.
Beauty is always beautiful
is an indivisible unity.
being is a split personality. If he goes to a concert it is often
for the wrong reason, a social reason for instance. But apart
from that, I think he hopes to find one moment of spiritual
plays his piano in a different way from other pianists. Up to
now, he lived in a different way than other pianists.
no-one outside the former Soviet Union had ever heard of him.
the instrument had to get used to him.
After his recordings of the Variations of “Diabelli” by Beethoven,
a sound engineer declared never to have heard such a difference
between loud and soft playing!
However it was incredibly beautiful.Why did no-one know this man?
he plays was not chosen by himself but by the entrance-committee
of the Soviet State-conservatory. Ugorsky himself still maintains
it was a pure coincidence that he came into contact with this
instrument. His family scraped together the money to buy a piano.
There was a comparison between him and his teacher; it was the
first lesson for both of them. He had a very bad teacher with
old fashioned methods and so his first results were not so good,
but he had the fortune that the head of the piano department rode
home in the same bus as he did. He told her stories about old
movies he had seen and that earned him good marks in the end.
caught out one day applauding very enthusiastically at a concert
by Pierre Boulez. He had to defend himself before a Soviet
State committee which thought his applause was demonstrative and
declared him a “subversive element”. Because he had a too modern
approach to music , he was not allowed to teach at the music academy
but was ‘demoted’ to a job as a choirmaster of an insignificant
Ugorski: I can not suffice to strike a match, I need to know
why it burns;
a Dentist plays the Piano