Interview with composer Alexander Sojnikow:
Fantastic symphony for Theater "Master and Margarita"
The symphony originated under the impression of the novel "The Master and Margarita" by one of the greatest Russian writers of the 20th century, Mikhail Bulgakov. The content of the novel is unusually varied and has a wide range of sujet-conditioned collisions. But the foundation of the symphony was one of the most important lines of action connected with the main characters of this amazing book.
It's all about that: The Moscow of the 1930s is visited by Satan (Voland). At the same time, a talented and completely unknown writer (the master), living in Moscow, writes a novel about the life of Jesus Christ (Joshua). The manuscript of the novel is public and the master is subjected to a degrading and cruel criticism. When she learns of it, Margarita tries to help her, and is turned into a witch by Voland. In the epilogue of the novel, both the Master and Margarita are transformed, but their great love continues in the other spheres of being and thus triumphs over the world of evil and violence.
The symphony consists of four parts that can be played without breaks. Each part is a small concerto for a solo instrument and orchestra. In the first part, called "The Master," it's a viola; in the second, under the name "Joshua", it's the organ, and in the third, Voland, the piano becomes a solo instrument. In the fourth part, "The Master and Margarita", however, the whole orchestra will sound. The thematic fabric of the symphony is born out of an intonation: a frightening-passionate one in the viola in the first part, a sublime tragic in the multiplicity of the organ in the second part and a grotesque in the jazz aria of the piano in the third part, ends with an eerie satanic ball. In the fourth part, this intonation is transformed into a light and at the same time sad melody, which embodies eternal love - the love of the Master to Margarita. For the presentation of the symphony a music theatricalized with the help of the light would be very important.
The stage should consist of three levels. On the lowest level is a piano. The pianist (Voland) is wearing a black suit and a beret. On the middle level is the orchestra and front of the viola players. His clothing resembles a slave jacket (the Master). On the highest level is the organ player, clothed with white chiton (Joshua). In the presentation of the symphony, the light should only highlight the persons present in the respective part, the other ambience is wrapped in darkness.
Only in the fourth part is the entire stage illuminated.