The Blockade of Brest – Belagerung von Brest (Taras Bulba)

Opus: Year: 1930 
Symphonic Orchestra

The Blockade of Brest – from Marc Lavry’s opus book

Recording: Not yet available

Manuscripts: Located at the National Library of Israel Music Department, the Marc Lavry Archive, System Number(s) 990038278260205171, 990038278280205171

Marc Lavry composed several compositions for the Laban dance troupe, including “The Siege of Brest” (after Mikhail Gogol’s famous short story “Taras Bul’ba”) which is a full-length ballet (entire evening). The subject is based on historical events of the 17th Century: the Ukrainian Cossack uprising against Polish rule.

Anecdote: In his autobiography from 1946 Lavry wrote: “I wrote quite a few ballets, large and small, one of which, The Blockade of Brest, based on Gogol’s novel Taras Bulba, was performed in Berlin as a full evening event”.

Information from the composer’s opus book:

  • The State Opera, Berlin  – 1932