Mikhail Matyushin
(1861–1934)

Mikhail Matyushin, Victory over the Sun, 1913, with Aleksei Kruchenykh and Kazimir Malevich
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, Collection Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, installation view, Neue Galerie, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Mathias Völzke

These fragments of a score for voice and piano are all that survived of the music composed by Mikhail Matyushin for the first futurist opera. The score favors chromatic harmonies in the piano part and uses quarter tones. Matyushin was a pioneer of microtonal music, which was part of the universal system of “expanded seeing” developed throughout his entire life. Matyushin called his system of expanded seeing Zorved—fusing vision and knowledge by combining two words: “Zorkost” meaning acute vision, and “Vedaniye” meaning fundamental spiritual knowledge. “Vedatj” in Russian has the same root as “Vedas” in Sanskrit.

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