The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a cult novel of 20th century Russia – at once a political farce, a great romance, a retelling of Faust, a macabre burlesque and the story of Christ. To celebrate her favorite book, Inna Faliks’s Master and Margarita Project, commissioned by the Wende Museum of the Cold War, asks composers to respond to passages of the novel in musical form, while using some of Bulgakov’s language.
Maya Miro Johnson’s “Manuscripts Don’t Burn” imagines Margarita after her broom flight in the nude through Moscow, and uses extended techniques, voice, improvisation, Russian words and electronics.
Veronika Krausas’s Master and Margarita Suite is a suite of seven movements, each responding to a passage of the book, like Debussy’s Songs of Bilitis.
The works were previewed in NYC at Bargemusic Here and Now Festival in January 2020, and their official world premieres, with the works’ final version s, will take place at the Wende Museum on March 5th, 2020.
They will be recorded on Sono Luminus in 2021.