The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Concert “Music in the Tolstoy Family. Leo Nikolaevich and Alexandra Lvovna”

2August 9, 2014 

Yasnaya Polyana Estate, Tolstoy House

This week, guests are again welcome at the Tolstoy House for a musical evening. The third concert of the “Music in the Tolstoy Family” program is devoted to Leo and Alexandra Tolstoy, a father and his youngest daughter. The lid of the old Becker grand-piano will be opened again and music that used to  fill this hospitable house a long time ago will be played. Vocal and piano compositions performed by the singer Olga Matveeva and the pianist Vasilisa Belova will let the audience turn beautiful musical pages in the life of Leo Tolstoy and his family.  

The guided tour “Music in Leo Tolstoy’s Life” will begin at 17:30. The concert will start at 19:00. 

Admission is by tickets. Ticket price: 1,500 rubles. Tickets can be purchased at the “Yasnaya Polyana” Gallery (+7 4872 473580), the Yasnaya Polyana museum ticket office (+7 48751 76001), and from the website (commission included in the price).

Please note: music is a universal language, but all the speaking will be done in Russian only.


The program of this concert will focus on the 1820s, the years associated with Leo Tolstoy’s mother Maria, who died when he was about 2 years old, and about whom he later wrote: “All I know about her is beautiful…”; the 1870s, the happiest period in the life of the Tolstoy family; and the later period of the 1900s--very complicated years. In that last decade of his life Leo Tolstoy’s youngest daughter Alexandra became his soulmate in the family. From the age of 16, she was her father’s secretary, copied out his draft manuscripts,  took care of his correspondence, and accompanied him everywhere. Music will also let us have a glimpse of the later time when Alexandra lived abroad, and remind us of her noble activities as the head of the Tolstoy Foundation. 

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