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Tiomkin, Dimitri

William R. Glass

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Tiomkin, Dimitri (10 May 1894–11 November 1979), film composer, was born in Ukraine, the son of Zinovie Tiomkin, a physician, and Marie Tartakovsky, a pianist. Tiomkin’s education consisted of conventional schooling while a youth and formal musical instruction at the St. Petersburg Conservatory beginning in 1907. In addition to training as a concert pianist, Tiomkin studied composition with Alexander Glazunov during the 1910s. His status as a student exempted him from military service when Russia entered World War I, and his father’s connections to German officials, developed while his father served as a doctor on the Russian embassy staff in prewar Berlin, enabled Tiomkin to escape Russia in 1919 after the communist revolution and join his father in Berlin....

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Subjects: Composition

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