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Rodion Shchedrin

(b. 1932)


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(b Moscow, 1932).

Russ. composer. Taught comp. Moscow Cons. 1964–9. Specialist in Russian folk mus. of the various regions. Some of his later works use Western avant‐garde processes formerly frowned upon in Soviet Union. Prin. comps. incl. operas Not Love Alone (Nye tol'ko lyubov) (1961) and Dead Souls (1976); ballets Little Hump‐Backed Horse (Konyok‐gorbunok) (1959), Carmen Suite, transcr. from Bizet (1967), and Anna Karenina (1971); 3 syms. (1958, 1965, subtitled 25 Preludes for Orchestra, 2000); 2 pf. concs.; Conc. for Orch., No.1, Naughty Limericks (Ozornyye chastushki) (1963); No.2, Chimes (Zvonï) (1967); 24 Preludes and Fugues for pf. (1963–70); oratorio Poetoria, for poet, woman's v., ch., and orch. (1968); cantata Lenin Lives (Lenin zhiryot) (1969); 2 str. qts. (1951, 1954); pf. quintet (1952); 6 pf. concs. (1954–2003); 5 Concs. for Orch. (1963–98); Anna Karenina, ballet (1971); Dead Souls, opera (1976); Solemn Ov., orch. (1982); Music for Str., 2 Hn., 2 Ob., and Cel. (1986); Russian Tunes, vc. (1990); Prayer (Molenie), ch., orch. (1991); Lolita, opera (1993); tpt. conc. (1993); vc. conc. (Sotto voce) (1994); Glorification, str. (1995); Sonata, vc., pf. (1996); Menuhin Sonata, vn., pf. (1999); Duo, vn. (2000); Dialogues with Shostakovich, orch. (2001); The Enchanted Wanderer, concert opera (2001–2); Questions, pf. (2003); Concerto parlando, vn., tpt., str. (2003–4); Hommage à Chopin, 4 pf. (2005).

Subjects: Music.


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