Polina's Inter-Arts Mini Portfolio

Inspired by the recent Guggenheim exhibit “Picasso Black and White,” I begin the tour of my creative work with my compositions for strings and with Picasso’s “Violin,” December 1912 and conclude it with a Spanish touch: my own Cubist-at-heart-and-in-medium “Untitled Violin,” December 2012 and Sarasate’s “Andalusian Romance.”
(Pablo Picasso, “Head of a Woman,” 1903)
Pablo Picasso, “Violin”
Pasted paper and charcoal on paper, December 1912

Polina Dimova, Fragment N. 3 and Three Violin Duos

My String Quartet “Fragment N. 3,” 2000 and my Three Violin Duos, 2001 were recorded on May 23, 2013 at the Oberlin Conservatory Clonic Hall, Kohl Building. The wonderful Con string players Ran Cheng ‘13 and Eliot Heaton ‘13 (violins), Carrie Frey ‘14 (viola), and Rose Bart ‘13 (cello) played my “Fragment N. 3” while I played my Violin Duos with Eliot Heaton.

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, “Meditation,” op. 42, № 1 (Part I)

I performed Tchaikovsky’s “Meditation” from Souvenir d’un lieur cher at the Smith College Commencement Concert in 2001.  Tchaikovsky intended this piece to be the second movement of his violin concerto, but its poignant sweep, solemnity, and deep emotionality necessitated that it be replaced with the much lighter Canzonetta (Andante) that we now know as the concerto’s slow movement.

Polina Dimova, “Untitled Violin”
Linocut, December 2012
This past December I attended a workshop on the History and Technology of Printmaking, followed by a workshop on Linoleum Block Cutting.  Above is the product.  It had to be a violin, perhaps, a Spanish violin.

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, “Meditation,” op. 42, № 1 (Part II)

I performed Tchaikovsky’s “Meditation” from Souvenir d’un lieur cher at the Smith College Commencement Concert in 2001.  Tchaikovsky intended this piece to be the second movement of his violin concerto, but its poignant sweep, solemnity, and deep emotionality necessitated that it be replaced with the much lighter Canzonetta (Andante) that we now know as the concerto’s slow movement.

I played Pablo Sarasate’s “Andalusian Romance,” op. 22, № 1 at my Smith College Senior Recital in April, 2001, accompanied by the ever wonderful Clifton J. Noble, Jr.  This is the third character piece from Sarasate’s sensuous and fiery Spanish Dances.

Sibelius for PolyScholArt

You can find on this site my short bio; an article I wrote on Aleksandr Skriabin, accompanied by a Sibelius Worksheet with playable music examples; as well as a couple of my compositions notated and playable in Sibelius.  This page is a work in progress, and more academic and creative pieces will be added over time.