Russian & Soviet Composers - Part 3

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Re: Russian & Soviet Composers - Part 3

Post by fleubis » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:21 am

The Ermolov are delightful! Thanks for posting them, Malcolm.

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Re: Russian & Soviet Composers - Part 3

Post by isokani » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:23 pm

My curiosity was piqued by the strong influence of Lyatoshynsky in some of Belza's piano works, and a dedication to him. After a casual look at the internet for information on Belza, it appears he was born not incredibly far from where I sit, in Kielce, to a noble Polish family, who fled to Kiev at the beginning of WWI. So that's why Igor B ended up studying with Lyatoshynsky. He moved to Moscow after the German invasion of Ukraine, and died not all that long ago.

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Post by mballan » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:34 pm

Another new composer to me: Yakhiel Rafailovich Sabzanov. Born 1929, Dushanbe. Tajik composer and teacher.

Graduated from the conservatoire in 1955. From 1955-1969 music director of drama theatre; and from 1968-1969 was music director of the Philharmonic Society of Tajikistan. From 1970-1973, music director of Kumitai television and radio. Between 1978-1980 was head of the department of Music Studies, becoming Chair in 1980. In 1989, nominated as the People's Artist of the USSR.

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Sabzanov Y - Pieces for Piano (2002).pdf
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Post by mballan » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:56 am

Mikhail Alexeyndrovich Arkadyev. Born 1958, Leningrad. Soviet and Russian conductor, pianist, composer, music theorist, philosopher, and human rights activist. Doctor of Art History (2003), Honoured Artist of Russia (1995).

He began to play and improvise on the piano at the age of 13, then took lessons from Artobolevskaya. From 1974-1978 he studied at the Academic Music College at the Moscow Conservatoire in the piano class under Milshtein, and then later with Sobolev and Kholopov (music theory). From 1978-1983 he studied at the Gnesin Academy of Music with A Alexandrov – he graduated in 1988. He also studied composition with Schnittke and Ledenev, and conducting with Waldemar, Simonov and Ermler.

From 1988-1998, Arkadyev worked closely with Sviridov, and was heavily involved in the design, creation, commenting and the first performer (with Hvorostovsky) of Sviridov’s last major vocal composition - the poem 'Petersburg' for voice and piano on words by Blok.

From 1989, Arkadyev began his first solo concerts in USSR and abroad – including Director of the Russian Evenings Piano and Chamber Music Festival in Morsum (Germany). From 1990–2003 Arkadyev worked as a pianist with Hvorostovsky and concertized extensive with the singer including several CD recordings.

In 2010, political issues saw him arrested, and supposedly to lose his contract with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. From 2012 - 2018 he worked as a professor-curator of the piano department of the Hunan Institute of Science and Technology College of Music (China), and since August 2018, has been the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Smolensk Philharmonic Society.

Copies of his scores are available on the composer's website and other Russian websites, so I'm comfortable with copyright. Also recordings of his works can be found on YouTube. Her is the Op 1 Sonata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXuXR8Q4IY0 - and I also saw performances of two of the Elegies. You can search in English on Mikhail Arkadiev to check results (and lots of him performing with Hvorostovsky).

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Arkadyev M - Op 1 Sonata brevis (1975).pdf
Arkadyev M - Op 3 Eine kleine Zaubermusik (1975-1989).pdf
Arkadyev M - Op 4 Four Elegies for Piano (1976).pdf
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Post by mballan » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:23 am

And yet another new composer to me: Gennady Gennadevich Bez’yazychny. Born 1973, Uman. Ukrainian pianist and teacher. Studied at Uman Music College and currently teaches in the area.

Bez'yazychny G - Eighteen Characteristic Pieces in the form of Etudes for Piano (2010).pdf
Eighteen Characteristic Pieces in the form of Etudes for Piano (2010) NMS
1. Fun Mood
2. A Walk
3. Skipjack
4. Relay Race
5. Fidget
6. Whirligig
7. A Breeze
8. Dance
9. Grandmother’s Fairytale
10. The Wizard
11. Hvastun
12. Lunch
13. Izgalek Traveller
14. Old Boat
15. Zest
16. The Mermaid
17. Petrel
18. Spring Evening
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Post by mballan » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:10 am

Evgeny Viktorovich Chikhachev. Born 1965, Krasnoyarsk. Siberian composer, teacher and musicologist.

He graduated from the Abakan music school, with a degree in music theory, then completed studies at the theoretical faculty of the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts (now the Academy of Music & Theatre) which included studies in composition under Meremkulov and Prostitov.

During 1990s was one of the organisaers of the ‘Festival Premier’ and also a member of the organising committee of the poly-genre festival ‘New Territories of Art’.

Chikhachev E - Diptych for Piano (1989 rev. 2013).pdf
Chikhachev E - Introduction, Allegro & Rondo for Piano (2015).pdf
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Post by mballan » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:47 am

Yet another new composer: Vladimir Mikhailovich Fomenko. Born 1948, Kremovo, Mikhailovsky district, Primorsky Krai.

In 1967 he graduated from the Tula Musical College after studies in bayan; and again in 1972 from the Kazan State Conservatoire - bayan class under Tikhonov. From 1968 to 1972 he worked at the Tula Regional Children's Music School, and at the Tula College of Arts.

Winner of the International Music Festival ‘Euro-orchestro’; winner of the special prize of the 1st Moscow International Festival-Competition ‘Contemporary Art and Education’ in the category composer-performer; winner of the All-Russian competition in composition; winner of various jazz festivals. Member of the Unions of Composers of Russia and Moscow; member of the Council of Culture of the city of Tula; member of the Congress of the Intelligentsia of the Tula region. Permanent participant of the Moscow Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival.

Fomenko V - Pieces for Piano (2001).pdf
1. Leisurely Waltz
2. The Train is not Late
3. Beautiful Gait
4. Chapel Bells
5. Why the Pendulum Swings
6. Spring Mood
7. Big Jazz Orchestra
8. Argentinian Breeze
9. Quiet Lake
10. Seas, Gulls, Beach……..
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Post by mballan » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:18 am

Igor Pavlovich I’lin. Born 1909, Kharkov : died circa 1967. Soviet Composer.

In 1930 graduated from the Rubinstein Technical School of Music and from 1935 studied music history and theory at Moscow Conservatoire [under Al’shvanga], piano studies with Ginsburg and Igumnov and composition with Kabalevsky.

Worked in a range of music based occupations including radio commentator, from 1937-39 Director of Scriabin Museum, from 1950-51 Director of Bolshoi Theatre, and from 1959 unto late 60’s was Director of Muzyka and Soviet Kompozitor publishing houses. Also travelled Soviet Union undertaking concerts and assisting within the Composers Union.

Primarily noted for his operettas, also composed a Suite (1969) for Russian national instruments, instrumental works, piano works [etudes and Bach transcriptions only being listed], vocal works, romances and folk songs, plus scores for films and theatre.

Il'in I - Sonatina No. 4 in E minor.pdf
Il'in I - Piano Pieces for Children (1979).pdf
Pieces for Children (Muzyka 1979)
1. Shining Month
2. The Snowstorm sweeps along the street
3. Young Guard
4. Deep
5. Chapayev, the hero was walking in the Urals
6. Far, far Steppe, beyond the Volga gone….
7. Step and step, around
8. There, beyond the river (Canon)
9. Here, the three are running away
10. Oh you wintery winter
11. Glorious sea, sacred Baikal.
12. Oh you Night
13. Playing my bagpipes
14. Between the steep banks
15. Oak and Elm
16. Century Linden
17. I’ll go, I’ll go out
18. Hello, freedom, free world
19. In a low light
20. Here is a rushing Troika
21. On the wild Steppe of Transbaikalia (Canon)
22. Straying Nightingale (Canon in counter-motion)
23. I use to garden myself
24. Ermak
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Post by mballan » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:09 pm

Vitaly Semenovich Khodosh. Born 1945, Penek, Chulymsky District, Novosibirsk : died 2016.

First studied in Novosibirsk, then in 1962 he enrolled at the local music school to study composition with Agabalyan. In 1965 he joined the Novosibirsk Conservatoire, where he studied composition with Murov. However, in 1967 he moved to Rostov-on-Don and continued his studies at the Ristov Music & Pedagogical Institute under Zeidman and Klinichev.

After graduating in 1970, he remained at the Institute, teaching composition (in 1992 the Institute became the conservatoire). Later he became a professor at the Department of Theory of Music and Composition, dean of several faculties of the Conservatory, and in 2010 was appointed Head of the Department of Solo Singing. In addition to teaching, he led and organized activities, including being deputy chairman of the board of the Rostov Composers' Organization.

Another work by Khodosh in the Violin & Piano thread.


Khodosh V - 'Lukomorye' Twenty Sketches based on the works of Pushkin for Piano (1999).pdf
‘At Lukomorye ...’ Twenty Sketches based on the works of Pushkin (1997)
1. The Hedgehog
2. Squirrel
3. First Snow
4. Hunting
5. A Meeting
6. Procession
7. Winter Waltz
8. A Boat
9. Autumn
10. The Golden Cockerel
11. Evening Star
12. The Bird
13. King Dadon
14. Black Sea Garden
15. Bumblebee
16. Good Fairytale
17. Winter Road
18. Queen Shamakhan
19. The Swan Princess
20. Heroic March
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Post by mballan » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:31 pm

Victor Viktorovich Kuprevich. Born 1925, Kaunas, Lithuania : died 2005. Soviet composer.

Graduated from conservatoire in 1951 [piano class of Yudinoy], and in 1960 took compositon from Aleksandrov.

From 1951 - 1954 teacher at the Magnitogorsk Music School; 1954 - 1956 first violinist of the music school linked to the Moscow Conservatoire. From 1956 - 1957 music director of Moscow film studios, and between 1957 - 1960 taught various instrumental ensembles. Various teaching positions continued throughout the 1960’s including artistic director of a Balalaika ensemble.

Kuprevich V - Op 150 'Travel Sketches' Album for Piano.pdf
Op 150 Travel Sketches – Twelve Pieces (1982)
1. Sunday Morning
2. On my way
3. Goethe’s House
4. Meissen Porcelain
5. Zwinger Fountain
6. On the Elbe to Bastei
7. J S Bach at Tomaskirche
8. Poppies in the fields
9. Song
10. In the Harz Caves
11. Sanssouci Palace
12. Return
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