Waltzes by Eugene Doga were included in the top-200 best classical melodies in the world
The American magazine ‘History Rundown’ included the works written by a composer, Honored Artist of the USSR, a member of the Council of Russian Musical Union Eugene Doga, in the rating of the best classical music compositions.
“This is the most complete list of the 200 best masterpieces of classical music that have ever been written, starting with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and ending with Chopin’s Opera 64 waltz,” the authors of the study explained.
The waltz by Eugene Doga called “Gramophone” was on the 83rd place of the rating, and the most popular waltz from the film “My Tender and Gentle Beast” took the 94th place.
Both works are very special in the composer’s work. The waltz for the film “My Tender and Gentle Beast”, based on the novel by A. P. Chekhov’s “Drama on the Hunt”, the Honored Artist of the USSR, wrote in the Valuevo Estate near Moscow by improvising on the piano and it took him one summer night. As Eugene Doga later admitted, he did not expect the melody to become so popular.
The film’s director Emil Lotyanu stated that this waltz is the living nerve of “My Tender and Gentle Beast” film, “the finest web of sounds woven from dreams and stories, impulses and apprehensions …”.
The waltz “Gramophone” was written in 1992 for the crime film “No Evidence”, which was not very popular at the box office. It would have gone unnoticed if not for the brilliant music of the maestro.
It is worth noting that Eugene Doga outperformed many eminent composers in the list – Mozart, Bach, Puccini, Borodin.
Eugene Doga is a Soviet, Moldavian and Russian composer, pianist, teacher, public figure. He is the author of the ballets Luceafarul (Evening Star), Venancia, Queen Margo, and the operas Dialogues of Love. The maestro composed over 260 songs and romances, over 70 waltzes, over 100 instrumental and choral parts, music for more than 200 films and dozens of performances and radio shows.