He was one оf the leading Soviet composers, and was the chairman of the Union of Russian Composers from until Life and Works Rodion Shchedrin was born into a musical family - his father was a composer and teacher of music theory. Since , he has been married to the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. In the west the music of Shchedrin has won popularity mainly through the work of Mstislav Rostropovich who has made several successful recordings. He composed 24 Preludes and Fugues after he heard those of D. Also remarkable is his Polyphonic Notebook.
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Biography Edit Shchedrin was born in Moscow into a musical family—his father was a composer and teacher of music theory. He was married to the well-known ballerina Maya Plisetskaya from until her death in In the west the music of Shchedrin has won popularity mainly through the work of Mstislav Rostropovich who has made several successful recordings. He composed 24 Preludes and Fugues after he heard those of Shostakovich. Also remarkable is his Polyphonic Notebook.
The third Concerto for Orchestra is based on old music of Russian provincial circuses. Concerto 4, Khorovody round dances , was written in , and Concerto 5, Four Russian Songs, was written in As well as a distinguished composer he was made a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts in and received the Russian State Prize from President Boris Yeltsin in , Shchedrin is a virtuoso pianist and organist, taking the piano part for the premieres of the first three piano concertos of his six piano concertos.
At a remarkable concert on 5 May Shchedrin performed the feat of appearing as soloist in all three of his then-completed piano concertos, one after the other.
Following the collapse of the Soviet regime, Shchedrin has taken advantage of the new opportunities for international travel and musical collaboration, and now largely divides his time between Munich and Moscow.
He and his wife attended the concerts which included his Russian liturgy The Sealed Angel for choir and flute, performed in Eberbach Abbey. The premiere of a German version of his opera Lolita was performed as the opening night of the Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden in a production of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Svetlanov cond.
Dead Souls , opera in three acts Libretto by the composer. Temirkanov cond. The Enchanted Wanderer , opera for the concert stage for mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, mixed chorus and orchestra Story by Nikolai Leskov. Boyarina Morozova , choral opera in two parts for four soloists, mixed chorus, trumpet, timpani and percussion First performance: 30 October in the Moscow Conservatory in a performance directed by Boris Tevlin. The Left-Hander , opera in 2 acts.
Libretto by the composer after the novel by Nikolai Leskov. World premiere at the Mariinsky Two in St. Petersburg, conducted by Valery Gergiev, 27 December The opera contains elements of the original Slavic tale of Cinderella as well as the Russian story of "The Twelve Months". Rozhdestvensky cond. Carmen Suite , ballet in one act Anna Karenina , ballet in three acts after Leo Tolstoy Simonov cond.
Musical theatre Edit Nina and the Twelve Months Musical in two acts on a libretto by T. First performance on 8 August in Tokyo. Symphonies Edit Symphony No. Symphony No. Concertos for orchestra Edit Concerto for Orchestra No.
Concerto for Orchestra No. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its th anniversary. Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its th anniversary. Commissioned by Suntory. Re-orchestrated in Piano Concerto No. Dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya. Dedicated to Olli Mustonen.
Commissioned by the Concertgebouw , Amsterdam. Trumpet Concerto for trumpet and orchestra in two parts Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Cello Concerto "Sotto Voce" for cello and orchestra in four parts Parabola Concertante for cello, string orchestra and timpani Commissioned by the Kronberg Academy to Mstislav Rostropovich.
Violin Concerto "Cantabile" for violin and string orchestra Dedicated to Maxim Vengerov. Oboe Oboe Concerto Others Concerto "Parlando" for violin, trumpet and string orchestra Double Concerto "Romantic Offering" for piano, cello and orchestra Other orchestral works Edit The Little Humpbacked Horse , first suite from the ballet, for symphony orchestra Chamber Suite for twenty violins, harp, accordion and two double basses Reyentovich cond.
Not Love Alone, first symphonic suite from the opera, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra The Little Humpbacked Horse, second suite from the ballet, for symphony orchestra Symphonic Fanfares, festive overture for symphony orchestra Not Love Alone, second version for chamber orchestra Anna Karenina, romantic music for symphony orchestra The Seagull, suite from the ballet, for symphony orchestra Kassuto cond.
Music for the Town of Kothen, for chamber orchestra Self-Portrait, variations for symphony orchestra Kakhidze cond. Music for strings, two oboes, two horns and celesta Glushchenko cond. The Geometry of Sound for chamber orchestra Stikhira Hymn for the Millennium of the Christianisation of Russia, for symphony orchestra Dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.
Flageolets for Toru Takemitsu , for symphony orchestra Iwaki cond. Chrystal Gusli for symphony orchestra Dedicated to Toru Takemitsu. Golovchin cond.
Russian Photographs, music for string orchestra Dedicated to Vladimir Spivakov and the "Moscow Virtuosi". Spivakov cond. Commissioned by the Hungarian Radio. Glorification Velicanie for string orchestra Commissioned by the World Economic Forum. Rostropovich cond. Dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich for his 70th birthday. Commissioned by the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Lolita Serenade, symphonic fragments from the opera Lolita Dialogues with Shostakovich, symphonic etudes for orchestra Petersburg Overture First performance: 12 December in St.
Petersburg by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra , conducted by Mariss Jansons cond. Commissioned by the Bayerischer Rundfunk. Symphonic Diptych Lithuanian Saga Vocal music Edit For soloist, chorus and orchestra Edit Bureaucratiade, satirical cantata for soloists, chorus and small orchestra Delman cond.
To words by A. Lenin Is Amongst Us, oratorio for soprano, alt and bass, mixed chorus and symphony orchestra Traditional text. Zykina, L.