This piano suite in 16 parts was triggered by an exhibition in Saint Petersburg with paintings of Moessorgski's friend Victor Hartmann, painter and architect who'd passed recently. All of his pictures discribed have been lost since, apart from a sketch for the Great Gate of Kiev. Transformation from piano suite to symphony was finished after the author's death.
On April 4, 1866 Tsar Alexander II was almost assasinated in Kiev. A big gate was about to be constructed on the site of the attempt and plans drawn by architect Hartmann already circulated when they were barred by the imperial censor.
This ongoing search for the origins of all popular songs imaginable has been bundled in books over the years, four in Dutch, all sold out. Now here's a first edition in English, and the good thing is: you don't need those old versions, for all information still standing and relevant from former editions is encapsulated into this new volume, like Russian babooshka puppets.
The Originals - Prequel of the Hits holds everything, no less. Pure content. Details the lifespan of some 12.000 music titles, all traced back to their earliest manifestation, predating hit version(s) and other relevant covers.
The new book is available at www.epo.be.
In February 1982 a two hour radio show was first aired from Brussels, with nothing but the original versions of hits of the day. Made for a change for Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Capt. Sensible's Happy Talk, Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Sting's Spread A Little Happiness. Instead of sifting through average early eighties TOTP regulars, in came the mid sixties, late forties, thirties and even twenties, linking a Northern soul classic to a Rodgers & Hammerstein composition, a Jimmie Lunceford theme song and a West End showtune from musical Mr. Cinders.
That was only the beginning. Soon as The Originals' own bag o' goodies ran out, audience participation filled it up again and never stopped doing so. 582 separate The Originals radio shows followed, and counting.