Edison Denisov, a composer whose avant-garde works won world acclaim while he was denounced by Soviet authorities at home, died on November 24, 1996 in a hospital in Paris. He was 67. Mr. Denisov never recovered his health after a car accident near Moscow nearly two years previous. ''Denisov not only had a generous talent, but he … Continue reading Edison Denisov : won world acclaim while he was denounced by Soviet authorities at home (#OnThisDay)
Born in Novgorod in 1861, Anton Arensky belonged to the generation of Russian composers midway between Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov (that included Glazunov, Gretchaninov and Liadov) and who came to prominence in the closing decade of the nineteenth century. By the time he was nine his precocious gifts had expressed themselves in several songs and piano … Continue reading Anton Arensky : bridging Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff
Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. A poly-stylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his music. Shostakovich's music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor … Continue reading Dmitri Shostakovich : 25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975
Website Mieczyslaw Weinberg, or Moisey Vainberg or Vaynberg, was not Russian, but a Polish Jew. He was born in Warsaw, Poland December 8, 1919 to Jewish parents and lived in Warsaw until 1939, when he left to escape the Nazi invasion. He managed to escape, but not before, unfortunately, the rest of his family were … Continue reading Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): the third greatest 20th century Russian composer?