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Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc) - Part 2

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:54 pm
by mballan
Part 1 of this thread can be found in the Archive section.

Yuri Vasilyevich Nikolayev. Born 1921, Harbin (North Manchuria): died 2003. Composer. In 1941-1943 studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire [class of Gnessin & Tyulin] but then was evacuated to Tashkent. Graduated in piano studies from Tashkent Conservatorie in 1950, then later in composition as an external student [1958]. During 1941-1948 performed in the orchestra of the Soviet army of Turkestan military district. Then from 1948-1953 worked for the Tashkent radio-committee. In 1953-1966 he took up a position within faculty of the Tashkent Conservatoire teaching composition before taking up a similar position with Novosibirsk Conservatoire [1966-70]. From 1970, as a teacher and head of the chamber ensemble class with Donets Music Institute of the Muzas before transferring, in 1973 to be head of the chamber ensemble department specialising in concert craftsmanship at the Gor'kiy Conservatoire. Piano works include:

Uzbek Suite arr. Piano solo (1951)
Sonatina (1952)
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1953)
Twenty-four Preludes [1st set] (1956-66)
Two Toccatas (1958)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1966)
Suite “Kaleidoscope” (1968)
Suite “Moods” (1969)
Fourteen Bagatelles (1971)
Novellettes (1972)
Concert Pieces (1973)
Twenty-four Preludes [2nd set] (1974-1975)
Children's album (1976);
Piano Sonata No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3 “Romantic”
Two Pieces based on Folk Themes

Again I fully accept that any posting of works by this composer are likely to be within copyright. However, in view of the difficulty in locating his music scores, despite a fairly extensive list of works, I have duly decided to share the 1st Piano Sonata to give people an idea of his compostional style.

Nikolayev Y - Piano Sonata.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:01 pm
by mballan
Oleg Yakovlevich Nirenburg. Born 1938 in Sevastopol. Composer. In 1966 graduated from Ural Conservatoire, compositon class of Nikolsky. First became a teacher at a local music school (1959-1961) and then progressed to the Music Institute in Sverdlovsk (1962-1970). In 1970-1973 became a consultant for the Ural section of the Composer’s Union of the RSFSR. From 1974 returned to teaching at the Chelyabinsk Institute of Culture, Sverdlovsk.

Humoresk (1956)
Light Suite (1956)
Three Preludes (1957)
Polyphonic Pieces (1960)
Suite (1962)
Three Lyrical Pieces (1967)
Variations on a theme by Prokofiev (1968)
Six Preludes & Fugues (1969)
Twelve Easy Pieces (1970)
Five Pieces (1975)
Two Musical Moments (1977)
Elegy “In Memory of Bazhov” (1977)
Prelude & Fugue (1983)
Suite “In Memory of Bazhov” (1983)
Nine Pieces for Children (Soviet Composer)

Another Russian composer who has proved to be very difficult to track down in terms of biographical information and the scarcity of his music. I have duly posted two of his works : the Prelude & Fugue from 1983, and the Suite “In Memory of Bazhov” from the same year.

Nirenburg O - Suite 'In Memory to Bazhov'.pdf
Nirenburg O - Prelude & Fugue.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:11 pm
by mballan
And next......Nestor Ostapovich Nizhankovsky. Born 1894, died 1940. I am unable to locate any further biographical information on Nizhankovsky at this stage. Piano works include:

Fugue on B-A-C-H (1920-23)
Prelude & Fugue on a Ukrainian Theme in C minor (1920-23)
“From My Diary” in A minor (1921)
Variations on an Original Theme in Ukrainian Style in F# minor (1924)
Little Prelude in G minor (1924)
“Reply to the Post Card from Madrid” in G minor (1925)
Little Suite “She Writes” – Four Pieces (1928)
Intermezzo in D minor (1934)
Pieces for Young People (publ. 1936) 1. Vorobushkov March 2. Old Russian Song 3. Kolomiyka 4. Pretending to Play the Cello 5. Gavotte of the Dolls
Waltz in C# minor
Kolomiyka in F# minor
Reflection in B minor

I was fortunate to have located an album containing the majority of piano works by Nizhankovsky, which is duly posted. Index of the music as follows:
1. Waltz in C# minor
2. Prelude & Fugue
3. Kolomiyka in F# minor
4. Reflection in B minor
5. Little Suite "She Writes"
6. Intermezzo in D minor
7. Pieces for Young People [album]

Unfortunately, the photocopy I had of the original score was not very good and I have tried to centre the score as much as I could whilst scanning. There are also some smudge marks throughout the score although hopefully these do not detract from the printed material. If anyone wishes to centre score and clean up to share with us – please feel free to do so [see below].
I particularly like the opening Waltz which I have enjoyed playing a number of times……has a very nostalgic, lilting mood.


Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:41 am
by giwro
Nizhankovsky straightened and cropped....
Nizhankovsky N - Works for Piano.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:01 pm
by mballan
UPDATE: Galynin

I had a request for this for sometime ago, so duly posted: Galynin's Sonata Triptych. Originally conceived as three independent sonatas, it was the composer who brought them together to create this specific work.

Galynin - Sonata Triptych.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:46 pm
by mballan
Lev Nikolayevich Oborin. Born 1907 Moscow: died 1974, Moscow. Pianist and composer. Studied with Gnesina at the Gnessin Music School and later with Igumnov [piano], and Myaskovsky [composition] at the Moscow Conservatoire. Grad 1926. Was considered one of the finest Soviet pianists of the 20th century. Won first prize at the first International Chopin Competition in Warsaw [1927], after which he joined the faculty of the Moscow Conservatoire [1928]. His students included: Ashkenazy, Mushel and Rozhdestvensky. Concertized extensively, and also collaborated with the violinist, Oistrakh. He premiered Khatchaturian’s Piano Concerto. Piano works include:

Op 2 Quatre Morceaux
Op 3 Piano Sonata No. 1 in Eb major (1926-27)
Op 4 Three Pieces (1928) 1. Prelude 2. Intermezzo 3. Dance
Four Preludes (1922-1923)
Notebook on Counterpoint (1922-1923)
Piece (1923)
Two Pieces (1924)
Prelude (1924)
Two Pieces (1926)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1926-1927)

I have posted the magnificent 1st Piano Sonata.

Oborin L - Op 3 Piano Sonata in Eb major.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:07 pm
by mballan
And now for something a little lighter from Russia: Sergei Yakovevich Orlansky. Unable to find any specific biographical information, no details on dates of birth or death. Appears active through 1930-40’s in theatres in Moscow area. Was a conductor and composer of opera and operetta, and generally related to works for the theatre. He also appears to have been a conductor for a period with the Moscow Circus.

Piano works include:
Op 47 “Land of Wonder” Foxtrot
“Cirotinushka” Russian Song/Dance
Valse de Concert

I am posting his delightful Valse de Concert.

Orlansky S - Valse de Concert.pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:12 am
by oren segev
Here are both Medtner op 58 1 and 2
Good Luck on your concert
Medtner op58n2 Knight Errant (two pianos).pdf
Medtner op58n1 Russian Round Dance (two pianos).pdf

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:03 pm
by isokani
midlope wrote:If anybody has the spare time, ability, and the desire, could you post the works list of the composer Alexander Schenschin (Shenshin/Schenshin/etc)? I've stumbled across a few songs, preludes, and a sonata, and had to resist shelling out a couple hundred USD for a book-length study of his works, published in either '27 or '29 by Muzyka, despite not knowing any Russian, to speak of--but I've never seen a thorough, complete works list.
Stage: O Tao (op), 1927; Shuanka, 1931; Antichnïye plyaski: Dionis [Classical dances: Dionysus] (ballet, K. Goleyzovsky), 1933; Povest′ o Karmen [A Tale about Carmen] (choreog. drama, after P. Merimée, scenario K. Lipskerov), 1934; Dvenadtsataya noch′ [Twelfth Night] (comic op, after W. Shakespeare), 1938–9
Orch: Letniye kartinki [Summer Pictures] (after K. Bal′mont: Liricheskaya Syuita [Lyric suite]), 1913; Lyola, poem, 1913; Scherzo, 1935, from the collective suite Saradzhevu [To Saradzhev]; Dramaticheskaya uvertyura [Dramatic Ov.], 1943
Choral: 4 stikhotvoreniya [4 Poems] (A.S. Pushkin) 1 solo v, chorus, orch, 1937–9; Pugachovtsï [The Followers of Pugachov] (A. Prokof′yev); 4 songs, chorus, 1940
Songs (for 1v, pf, unless otherwise stated): Iz yaponskikh antologiy [From Japanese anthologies], 6 settings, 1912; Iz Safo [From Sappho] (Sappho, trans. Bal′mont, V. Ivanov), 1918; Iz liriki zapada [From the Lyric Poetry of the West] (Byron, trans. M.Yu. Lermontov, R. Lenau, trans. Verkhovensky, P. Verlaine, trans. F. Sologub), 1920; Iz russkoy liriki [From Russian Lyric Poetry] (S. Bogomazov, V. Ivanov, M. Lorkh, N. Yazïkov) 1920; Krug nerazmïkayemïy [The Circle that Cannot be Broken] (A. Blok), 1923; Radost′ dorog [The Joy of Travelling] (Sologub), 1922; 5 stikhotvoreniy [5 poems] (C. Baudelaire, trans. S. Shervinsky), 1924; 5 stikhotvoreniy (Shervinsky), 1924; Kamïshovïye pesni [Bulrush Songs] (Lenau, trans. Shervinsky), 1925; Gorod [The City] (Blok), 1928; Pesni o sholke [Songs about Silk], 1v, fl, ob, cl, bn, vn, va, vc, 1930; 9 stikhotvoreniy [9 Poems] (Pushkin), 1930–7; Anyutin denyok [Anyutin's Day] (Shervinsky), children's songs, 1932; Koktebel′ (M. Voloshin), 1932; 4 pesni iz vengerskogo podpol′ya [4 Songs from the Hung. Underground] (A. Gidas), 1933; 7 ispansikh narodnïkh pesen [7 Spanish Folksongs] (trans. O. Rummer), 1935; Moy Koktebel′ [My Koktebel] (N. Gabrichevskaya), 1935; 10 ital′yanskikh narodnïkh pesen [10 Italian Folksongs] (trans. Rummer), 1936; Bïlïye godï: ėlegicheskiy tsikl [Former Years: Elegiac Cycle] (Lermontov)], 1940; Rodina [Homeland] (Prokof′yev)], 1940; 3 pesni [3 Songs] (S. Shchipachov), 1942
Chbr: Pf Qnt, 1912; Str Qt, 1943
Pf: 7 prelyudiy, 1917; 9 prelyudiy, 1923; Sonata, 1924; 5 prelyudiy, 1930
Incid music

To these, I can add the more detailed list of pf works, assembled by the Great Leader:
Op 3 Seven Preludes
Op 10 Nine Preludes (1923-25)
Op 13 Piano Sonata No. 1 (1913)
Fourteen Preludes (1910)
Seventeen Preludes (1910)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1926)
Piano Sonata No. 3 [in the style of the 18th century] (1930)
Five Preludes (1930)

Re: Russian & Soviet Composers (Misc)

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:00 pm
by isokani
From Grove:

Levitin, Yury Abramovich

(b Poltava (Ukraine), 28 Dec 1912; d Moscow, 26 July 1993). Russian composer and pianist. He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in the piano class of Savshinsky (1937), and in the composition class of Shostakovich (1942). He became a member of the Composers' Union in 1940. A prolific composer, Levitin was an adherent of academic and traditionalist trends in music, but despite this he devoted much of his time to the portayal of contemporary and topical themes – such as in the oratorio Khirosima ne dolzhna povtoryat′sya (‘Hiroshima must not be Repeated’) – and to embodying in music the events and images of World War II. In his chamber and instrumental music, there is a clear link with the style of his teacher Shostakovich, demonstrated by the dramatic opposition of aggressive motor rhythms, contemplative writing and dance rhythms, as well as by the overall finesse and economy of means. The Epitafiya for soprano, clarinet and string quartet (to a text by Akhmatova) is dedicated to the memory of Shostakovich. Levitin wrote more than 70 film scores, including Tikhiy Don (‘Quiet Flows the Don’), Stalingrad and the epic Osvobozhdeniye (‘Liberation’).

Alla Vladimirovna Grigor′yeva


(selective list)

Ops: Monna-Marianna (after M. Gor′ky), 1937–9; Molodïr′ (children's op, after K. Chukovsky), 1955; Personal′nïy pamyatnik [A Personal Monument] (Levitin, S. Mikhalkov), 1963–4; Zhuravushka (Levitin, D. Vasiliu, after M. Alekseyev), 1977; Do tret′ikh petukhov [Before the Third Cock Crow] (I. Berlyand, I. Petrov, after V. Shukshin), 1981; Kalina krasnaya [The Fair Guelder Rose] (Levitin, after Shukshin), 1982
Orats (for solo vv, chorus, orch): Svyashchennaya voyna [The Holy War], 1942; Rekviyem pamyati pavshikh geroyev [Requiem for the Memory of Fallen Heroes] (V. Lebedev-Kumach), 1946; Otchizna [The Homeland] (Lebedev-Kumach), 1947; Ogni nad Volgoy [Fires Over the Volga] (D. Sedïkh), 1951; Khiroshima ne dolzhna povtoryat′sya [Hiroshima must not be repeated] (M. Matusovsky), 1967; Pamyati poėta [In Memory of a Poet] (N. Zabolotsky), nar, Mez, B, orch, 1980; K pobede [To Victory] (M. Dudin), 1984
Syms.: no.1, 1948; Dni voynï [The Days of War] (L. Pervomaysky, A, Tvardovsky), choral sym., 1974; Olimpiyskaya simfoniya [Olympic Sym.], 1980; numerous other orch works, incl. concs. and 4 sinfoniettas
14 str qts: 1940, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1958, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1986
Other chbr and solo inst: Syuita na kirgizskiye temï [Suite on Kyrgyz Themes], str qt, 1945; Qnt, fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, 1948; Pf Trio, 1949; Malen′kaya syuita [Little Suite], vib, mar, pf, 1968; 24 prelyudiy, vn, 1975; Nonet, 1978; numerous inst sonatas
Settings (for 1v, pf) of texts by A. Blok, R. Burns, S. Gorodetsky, M.Yu. Lermontov, S. Marshak, A.S. Pushkin and others
Choruses, film scores, variety music, incid music for theatre