Allahu Akbar: Russia’s Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated

Here in the United States, the Lügenpresse has wondered for a year now why the Alt-Right is pro-Russia and anti-NATO. Well, here is your answer, behold, our NATO allies:

Note: On behalf of Occidental Dissent, I would like to extend our condolences to the people of the Russian Federation after this sickening act of Islamic terrorism.

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  1. Incredible, Dear Cyrus! : for I was almost sure that, like an impetuous Marshal Ney, you would ignore my Cossacks and keep pressing your advantage in the centre.

    Yet, like, Kutusov’s teacher, Suvorov, you briefly reconsidered, and then : rolled up your flanks and disappeared into the woods – instead of sabres, presenting me with Babushkis, who offer my light cavalrymen gifts of hospitality.

    Well, you did confound me! In fact, in more than one way, for your confession of being of pleasant blood, too, was a surprise, and a pleasant one.

    May I hazard a guess? – you have ancestors from the greater Vladimir area?

    How right you are about Nikolai Leskov, for his themes of the triumph of naive peasant goodness over urbanite evil, or that of blind love for The Son of Man, are very out of style, today, unlike Krylov, whose neo-classical work will always find favour in a world more dedicated to clever than good.

    That said, it is perhaps a sign of my imperfect Russian Orthodox practice that I still can find much in Krylov.

    Yes, time – it seems to be waning, there as here. Something will happen : you feel it in the air; this, in spite of the fact we are, all, floating here in infinite eternity.

    How patient will God be with such profound evil as must surely give Sodom a run for it’s money?

    Ah, yes -the love of land and nature. Nothing more wonderful than that, and, I observe, one, with Russians, not just the exclusive reserve of peasants, and peasant-descendants, but, with urbanites, too – as many of them seem to live for those long weekends when they can drive 45 miles away, into the wilds where they are restoring some dacha – an activity many of them pursue as avidly, even when they resettle here, as their Leningrader and Moscovite parents were once doing, in the bygone times of Brezhnev.

    Thank you for having confounded me, and for all your couth and graciousness. it is very refreshing, and I look forward to many more exchanges with you.

    For now, I leave you with a few questions?

    Do you care anything for any kind of Russian music?

    If you were to select a favourite Russian painting, what would that be?

  2. Wow, that’s a serious one.

    If we are talking about music I always was more of 20th century guy, although among 19th century crowd Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky has never let me down, especially Tchaikovsky’s feisty 1812 Overture( the fact that it has become a staple of your 4th of July celebrations I consider to be a feature and not a bug).

    Stravinsky has always been for me an example of a composer possessing an uncanny creative intuition filtered through a refined mind and achieving extraordinary results with seemingly effortless ease. Tracing his musical development is never a waste of time.

    Shostakovich is also a favorite, especially his string quartets(8th in particular) and 7th symphony which for me all about facing evil and surviving it to tell the tale.

    Rachmaninov is an odd one, because of his conservatism( not a rebuke, just an observation). He was a “Russian in New York”, a man out of time, an outsider against his will. But boy, did he wrote a beautiful music, showing that’s a talent not fashionable nonsense of the art world prevails. Plus, it so nice to listen to him while drinking tea with jam in countryside.

    My appreciation of them( apart from purely aesthetic) stems from the fact that three of them confronted modernity on their own terms, each in his unique way.

    There are also two contemporary composers, Anton Batagov and Vladimir Martynov. I will not tell you anything, just look them up.

    To be continued…

  3. How right you are, Cyrus -one can never go wrong with Shishkin!; and speaking of him, I was utterly unfamiliar with his friend, and, thus, this painting.

    This is a unique landscape canvas, and, before I tell you my opinion of it, I would like you to tell me why you like it so.

  4. Yes, the only one Tchaikovsky ever let down was himself – and his daddy, who wanted him to be a lawyer.

    It must have been difficult being gay in 19th century Russia, and, at times, I think I can feel the severity of his self-loathing in his musick – particularly in his pathetick 6th symphony.

    Though I have spent much of my life in classical music, and much of that which is Russian, generally, I get off the bus at Rachmaninoff and Borodin, though, of course I am familiar with things such as ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’.

    And being a peasant as I am, you can imagine my frustration that you encourage me to read of Batagov or Martynov, (of whom I am utterly unfamiliar) when you could post a musical snippet, here. One phrase speaks a million words.

    Oh, yes – the 1812 Ouverture : funny how I never thought of it like you do, but, now that you have mentioned it, it is one of the few pieces of Russian art to sneak into the consciousness of this part of the world.

    Be that as it may, this Confederate and his family do not celebrate the 4th of July – so, we must do the 1812 Overture for when it feels intended – the wintertime.

    Winter is all over that piece, and I cannot bear to hear the snow falling when it is 35C outside!

    For the summer and fall, I think Marche Slave is better, at least as far as ouvertures by Piotr go…

  5. Partly because it is one of a few paintings with just ONE tree. Not to mention that I just love the way Shishkin painted snow weighing it’s branches down. There is something sad about it.

    I also like Kuindzhi a lot( sadly, his not very well known even in our neck of the woods). This painting was a tribute to their friendship and also a demonstration of Shishkin’s ability to incorporate elements of different styles and making them his own without a failure.
    P.S. this is one of Kuindzhi’s paintings. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f67a4e32c4690ce4568a6e5a63e49275e21d9a9cbc9880559a191dbcd9378ee4.jpg

  6. Dear Cyrus,
    You confounded me, again! : this because the Martynov was so beautiful and rural – not like what I was expecting from a former Muscovite – something lean, angular, tense, with textures of steel, concrete, and glass!

    Actually, the state of mind of the Martynov is like a child of this piece, link below, -my favourite performance of a quartet movement, and, though I certainly love quartets by Beethoven, Bartok, and, most especially, Schubert – it is perhaps this quartet by Borodin that sings most to me.

    This performance by The Borodin Quartet is given during The Brezhnev Era, so, it may also strike you with a favourable psychology, though, I rather think that they play it like a group of Russian musicians from Ivan Turgenev’s era – full of mystery, awe, tenderness, love, and cautious optimism- all over a kind of anxious foreboding of imminent doom

    Thank you for having shared the Martynov. I grew listening to it.

  7. Dear Cyrus,
    As to the ‘Letter to Bagatov’, I don’t know why you posted it. Will you please state your motives?

  8. Well, Martynov and Batagov are friends, though God knows, they do have their irreconcilable difference in the way they both view music, role of composer in XXI century etc. I simply wanted to show different sides of modern Russian classical music. You didn’t like Batagov, I take it? I am not really surprised, his music has this effect on people: you either like it or not. He himself is aware of it.

  9. No, Cyrus, I did not evaluate the piece of Bagatov’s musically, but, listened to the narration.

    At this point, I am forcet to conclude that you are a Russian Jew, living in this country, and minding your own business.

    I say this because the video narration was the kind of stuff that Jews like to say about themselves – all glory and sympathy, but, little or no acknowledgment of the sin they, collectively, have committed.

    It’s easy for me to understand this because my daddy’s folks were Ashkenazick Hungarian Jews, and I am very familiar with their line of thought about themselves.

    As for myself, I will always be indebted to my daddy’s family for their many kindnesses to me, BUT, in light of the fact that I am a North Carolinian, and in light of the fact that the Jewish Community always seems prominent in trying to undermine it, I don’t have a favourable view of them.

    That video talks like Jews have saved the world from it’s own ignorant barbarity, which, to me, is incredibly self-serving, and more than a bit myopick.

    Yet, whatever blood runs in your veins, I will not treat you like a group, but, as an individual, and enjoy whatever friendship and correspondence you wish to offer me.

    Merry Chrystmas!

  10. Not really Junius, both of my parents are Russian as far as I know. Both were born in families of urbanized Ural peasants.

  11. But now that I know I am secure in the fact that you actually want me to hear the musick, instead of the narrative, superimposed over, I’ll go back over it.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Cyrus,

    The Batagov works on scheme blocks developt by Mussorgsky, with slight neo-classical touches of Ravel, Prokofiev, Bartok, and a largely unvaried redundancy like Philip Glass redundancy.

    To be sure, there IS something interesting here – from the wide polytonal chord and the feeling of Ivan Grozhny walking around, in a schizophrenick mood, in his castle.

    That said, there is not nearly enough harmonick, episodick, textural, and melodick material, here, to justify it’s length – not to mention that is is so vertical-linear there is practically no sense of counterpoint.

    The material would have fared better as a 2 minute miniature by Erik Satie.

    Those are my thoughts.

    Why do you like it so?

  13. I would say it helps me clear my head and focus my mind. I also appreciate it’a simplicity, the way he, in my opinion he achieves more with less. I am not the one who equates any sort of intricate and/or lush emotional compositions with “fascism” or whatever, but sometimes I like to keep things simple.

  14. “Though I have spent much of my life in classical music”

    Great Sir! Any recordings available to hear your interpretations?

  15. Thank you for your inquiry, Todd.

    I don’t connect my political activism with my professional life, this to protect my family, my fans, and myself.

    It’s a sad day in this country’s history when such a thing is a necessity, but, alas, it is.

    All the best!

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