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The great ballerina has been married to composer Rodion Shchedrin for over 50 years. Their long and beautiful love story is striking, but not everyone knows how the couple's relationship developed.
Maya Plisetskaya was born on November 20, 1925 in Moscow. In 1932, her father was transferred to work in Norway, and the family lived there for several years. Mikhail Emmanuilovich Plisetskiy was arrested and shot in 1938, his wife and son were sent to Kazakhstan to the “Akmola camp for the wives of traitors to the motherland,” and little Maya was adopted by his aunt. It was she who first brought her niece to ballet, since she herself taught this type of art. When Maya was almost 8 years old, her aunt sent her to a choreographic school. After graduation, the girl was accepted into the troupe of the Bolshoi Theater. Later they began to give her solo parts.
Ballerina's personal life
The ballerina's first love was Vyacheslav Golubin. They performed at the theater together. This relationship ended in tragedy. The man began to abuse alcohol, then fell into depression and decided to commit suicide. Maya told about this in her book “I, Maya Plisetskaya”. “He started drinking and it ruined his career and life. When he was 30, he committed suicide by hanging himself from the water pipe of the toilet in the toilet of his apartment,”the ballerina wrote.
Maya Plisetskaya (Anna) and Maris Liepa (Vronsky) in the ballet Anna Karenina by composer R. Shchedrin, TASS
Later, at the Bolshoi Theater, Maya met Maris Liepa. They got married in 1956. The spouses rarely fought, but despite this, both always understood that they simply did not fit together. Officially, their marriage lasted about three months, but their life together lasted no more than a couple of weeks.
In 1995, at a musical evening with Lily Brick, Maya met the main man of her life. On that day, a young composer Rodion Shchedrin was sitting at the piano, who amazed everyone with his brilliant playing. The ballerina and the musician were introduced to each other, but the spark did not break out between them.
They met three years later, in March 1958. Shchedrin saw Plisetskaya at a rehearsal at the theater. She was incredibly flexible and graceful in a tight ballet costume. The composer invited me to take a car ride around Moscow in the evening. After this meeting, feelings arose between them. After some time, the lovers began to meet. During their joint trip to Sochi, Maya found out that she was pregnant, but did not want to leave the child, despite Rodion's persuasions. However, the ballerina agreed to marry Shchedrin.
This marriage helped Maya avoid government persecution. She was followed by the KGB because of her frequent communication with foreigners. “Today I admit that it was my initiative. Shchedrin did not want an official marriage bond. But my intuition told me: the authorities will torment me less if I am married. I have been hinted about this more than once,”said Maya.
Love half a century long
Rodion Shchedrin created music for productions in which Maya danced. She always spoke of her husband with love and respect: “Rodion wrote ballets for me. He gave ideas. He was inspiring. This is unique. It is a rarity. Because it's rare. It is unique. I just don't know people like him. So holistic, so independent in thought, so talented, even brilliant."
Shchedrin put up with Plisetskaya's difficult character. She was hot-tempered, impulsive, but always cooled down quickly. The composer surrounded the ballerina with support and care, often gave her flowers, but his musical works were always the best manifestation of love for her.
The ballerina noted that, despite the fact that Rodion was a spectacular man, he never gave reasons for jealousy.
Shchedrin, in turn, admitted that he was infinitely happy to spend more than 50 years with such an incredible woman as Plisetskaya: “I am infinitely glad that my life is the life of a happy person. I had a great wife with whom I had an exceptional relationship. We understood each other perfectly. I attribute this mainly to her character, to her tolerance. I was happy with her immeasurably, infinitely … ".
Maya Plisetskaya passed away on May 2, 2015. In her will, she wrote that she would later like to be reunited with her husband. She asked after death to burn their bodies with Rodion, and then combine the ashes and scatter them over Russia.
The husband of the legendary prima survived her. Now Shchedrin is 88 years old. It is still inextricably linked to music. In February, the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theaters premiered the opera Lolita, written by Rodion Konstantinovich based on the plot of Nabokov's novel.