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Информация о персоне: Yuri Fayer

Yuri Fayer definitely knew his way around in ballet but he still managed to dig up ever-new nuances even in the most tried and true evergreens. Small wonder that his conductorship was always a celebration for both the listeners and the performers…

Yuri Fayer was born in 1890 in Kiev. His phenomenal talent revealed itself early on. He took up the violin at the still tender age of 6, played his first solo concert at 11, joined the Kiev Opera’s orchestra at 14 and two years later entered the Moscow Conservatory. He studied day and night but, overwhelmed by mounting financial problems, he eventually had to quit and resume orchestral work.

At 20, Yuri Fayer was already in Riga playing first fiddle in the local opera theater. Simultaneously he took up a violin class at the local music college where he later formed a symphony orchestra playing summertime dates at the Baltic Sea resorts.
That happy streak proved pretty short-lived though. Shortly after the outbreak of World War One, Fayer left Riga and returned to Moscow and re-entered the Conservatory and, simultaneously, started working at the Bolshoi where he quickly proved his musical bona fides as an orchestra leader.
The love for conducting had gone too deep into his heart. One day they asked him to stand in for a conductor who had fallen ill. The debut was so good that they asked him to do it more and more and, before very long, Yuri realized that ballet conducting was his cup of tea…

He usually started his working days in the ballet class watching the stars’ rehearsals and keeping an eye on the young dancers’ progress. Perfectly aware of each one’s fortes and weak spots, he maintained close contact with the performers with each jump and pas coinciding perfectly with each chord the orchestra played….

The Bolshoi’s dancers adored Fayer whose perfect conducting always added punch and expressiveness to the music.
"Each time I hear the orchestra playing under his baton I feel the music penetrating my very bone marrow," said the great Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. "The music and dance come together offering a cohesive and very homogenous picture of what’s going on…"

Yuri Fayer managed the musical side of more than 50 ballets and often helped the choreographer too. Keeping a close eye on each dance, he resolutely discarded everything that was not entirely in line with the music and sometimes even prompted his own pas…

Always looking forward, Yuri Fayer readily took on board modern ballets, appreciating everything that was fresh and talented in art. He enthusiastically worked on Shostakovich’s ballets and never tired of admiring the ones written by Sergei Prokofyev, especially the Cinderella starring the inimitable Galina Ulanova…

They first met in February 1938 and Yuri Fayer immediately appreciated Ulanova’s poetic nature and inborn musicality. Her signature dancing manner largely determined the musical vision of the ballets he eventually implemented. To him, Galina Ulanova was the ideal translator of musical ideas into the language of dance…

Ulanova was equally appreciative of Yuri Fayer whom she considered the best partner around to carry out her ideas. "His musical memory is absolutely stunning!" she said, "He knows each and every pas, feels the technique and the way it corresponds with music…"

Yuri Fayer’s inspired work brushed off on everyone around in the Bolshoi and he was the darling of just about everyone, from the lead singers to the corps-de-ballet to the musicians and the theater administration. When he said he was going to retire, everyone took it a personal tragedy…

Even though he was past 70 now, Yuri Fayer kept working on and, until his very last days, he was fully in the know of what was going on in the Bolshoi…
They say that just a few hours before he died, his friends gathered around his deathbed. Yuri Fayer was already unconscious. After a long and intense pause, the people started whispering to each other. Someone said: "They say Maya Plisetskaya is going to dance Phoedra?" Suddenly everyone heard strange coarse sounds coming from where the dying man lay. Listening hard, Fayer’s friends realized that he was trying to sing a tune from the ballet. A few moments later the sounds died out and it was all over…

30 years have passed since that tragic day of August 3, 1971 but the Bolshoi is still waiting for a ballet conductor of Yuri Fayer’s caliber…

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