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Igor Markevitch

(1912—1983)


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(b Kiev, 1912; d Antibes, 1983).

It. conductor, composer, and writer of Russ. birth. London début 1929 as soloist in his pf. conc. Début as cond. 1930 (Amsterdam). Mus. dir. Stockholm SO 1952–5, Montreal SO 1957–61. Salzburg Fest. début 1952. Amer. début Boston SO 1955. Cond., Lamoureux Orch. 1957–61, Spanish Radio‐tv orch. 1965–8; dir., Monte Carlo Opera 1968. Fine interpreter of Stravinsky. Prin. works:

orch.:

Sinfonietta in F

(1928–9); pf. conc. (1929) Concerto grosso (1930);

Partita

, pf., small orch. (1931) Rébus (1931);

L'envoi d'Icare

(1932, also for 2 pf. and perc.), re‐comp. as Icare (1943);

Hymnes

(1932–3);

Petite Suite d'après Schumann

(1933);

Hymne à la morte

, small orch., opt. cont. (1936);

Cantique d'amour

(1936);

Le nouvel âge

(1937, also for 2 pf.);

Le bleu Danube

(on themes of J. Strauss) (1944);

Bach's Musical Offering

, arr. fl., ob., ca., bn., vn., va., vc., hpd., soloists, str. (1949–50).

choral & vocal:

Cantate

(Cocteau), sop., male ch., orch. (1930);

Psalm

, sop., orch. (opt. ch. of 6 sop.) (1933);

Paradise Lost

, oratorio, sop., mez., ten., ch., orch. (1934–5);

3 Poems

, high v., pf. (1935);

La taille de l'homme

, sop., 12 instr. (1938–9);

Lorenzo il magnifico

, sop., orch. (1940).

chamber music:

Sérénade

, vn., cl., bn. (1931);

Galop

, fl. (opt.), ob., cl., bn., hn., pf., vn., vc., perc. (1932).

piano:

Stefan le poète

(1939–40);

Variations, Fugue and Envoi on a Theme of Handel

(1941).

Subjects: Music.


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