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Edison Denisov

(1929—1996)


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(b Tomsk, 1929; d Paris, 1996).

Russ. composer. Trained as mathematician, but taught himself gui. and cl. before studying pf. Persuaded by Shostakovich to study comp. with Shebalin at Moscow Cons. 1951–6. Taught at Moscow Cons. from 1960. Worked at Experimental EMS, Moscow, 1968–70. Student of Russ. folk‐mus. Comps. incl.:

operas:

Soldier Ivan

(1959);

L'Écume des Jours

(1977–80).

ballet:

Confession

(1984).

orch.:

sym. in C (1955);

Sinfonietta on Tadzhik Themes

(1957);

Crescendo e Diminuendo

, hpd., 12 str. (1966);

Peinture

(1970); vc. conc. (1973);

Aquarelle

, 24 str. (1975); fl. conc. (1975); vn. conc. (1978); pf. conc. (1978);

Partita

, vn., orch. (1980); conc., bn., vc. (1982);

Tod ist ein langer Schlaf

, vars. on theme by Haydn, vc., orch. (1981–2);

Chamber Sym

. (1982–3);

Epitaphe

, chamber orch. (1983);

Colin et Chloé

(1983, suite from opera L'Écume des Jours); conc., 2 va., hpd., str. (1984);

Happy End

, str. (1985);

Pictures of Paul Klee

, ens. (1986); va. conc. (1986); ob. conc. (1986);

Variations on Bach Chorale Es ist genug

(1986); sax. conc. (1993, re‐working of va. conc.).

vocal:

Canti di Catulli

, bass, 3 tb. (1962);

Soleil des Incas

, sop., ens. (1964);

Chansons italiennes

, sop., ens. (1966);

Pleurs

, sop., pf., perc. (1966);

5 Geschichten vom Herrn Keuner

, ten., 7 instr. (1968);

Automne

(1969);

Chants d'automne

, sop., orch. (1971);

La vie en rouge

, v., ens. (1973);

Requiem

, sop., ten., ch., orch. (1980);

Lumière et ombres

, bar., pf. (1982);

Ton image charmante

, v., orch. (1982);

Venue du printemps

, unacc. ch. (1984);

Eternal Light

, ch. (1988).

chamber music:

sonata, 2 vn. (1958); str. qt. (1961); vn. sonata (1963);

Ode in memory of Che Guevara

, cl., pf., perc. (1967);

Musique romantique

, ob., hp., str. trio (1969);

3 Pieces

, vc., pf. (1969); str. trio (1969);

D‐S‐C‐H

(1969); wind. quintet (1969); sonata, alto sax., pf. (1970); pf. trio (1971); vc. sonata (1971);

Canon in memory of Igor Stravinsky

, fl., cl., hp. (1971); solo cl. sonata (1972); sonata, fl., gui. (1977); solo vn. sonata (1978); conc. for gui. solo (1981); trio, ob., vc., hpd. (1981); solo bn. sonata (1982); sonata, vn., org. (1982);

5 Études

, bn. (1983); sonata, fl., hp. (1983);

Diane dans le vent l'automne

, va., vib., pf., db. (1984); quintet, cl., str. (1988).

Subjects: Music.


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