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Ancient Mediterranean trading post; an episcopal see since the 4th century. Nice belonged to the county of Provence from the 10th century until 1388, when it was surrendered to the count ...

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich (11/23 April 1891)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...instantly appealing charm, and alert humour, expressed with a zestful openness which has rendered much of his music enduringly popular. Geoffrey Norris / David Nice Prokofiev by Prokofiev: A Composer's Memoir (London, 1979) H. Robinson , Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography (London, 1987) O. Prokofiev (trans. and ed.), Sergei Prokofiev: Soviet Diary 1927 and Other Writings (London, 1991) D. Nice , Prokofiev: From Russia to the West, 1891–1935 (New Haven, CT, and London, 2003) S. Morrison , (ed.), Prokofiev and his World (Princeton, NJ, and Oxford,...

Mosolov, Aleksandr Vasil′yevich

Mosolov, Aleksandr Vasil′yevich (29 July)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...sheet, and other noises redolent of the workshop floor. It was this which quickly earned Mosolov the tag of *‘formalism’ in the USSR: the piece occasionally surfaces as a noisy emblem of the experimental era in which it was created ( see also Futurism ). Geoffrey Norris / David Nice L. Sitsky , Music of the Repressed Russian Avant-Garde, 1900–1929 (Westport, CT,...

Muradeli, Vano

Muradeli, Vano (24 March)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...of Shostakovich , Prokofiev , and Khachaturian . With Oktyabr′ (‘October’; Moscow, 1964 ) Muradeli composed an opera that has remained in the Russian repertory. It was the first Soviet stage work to give the character of Lenin a small singing role. Geoffrey Norris / David ...

Myaskovsky, Nikolay Yakovlevich

Myaskovsky, Nikolay Yakovlevich (8/20 April 1881)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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... Tchaikovsky , and emotionally he approaches the latter in his pessimistic and even neurasthenic outlook—his style, however, being necessarily more progressive. Although he won three Stalin prizes, he was accused of *formalism during the purges of 1948 . Percy Scholes / David ...

Medtner, Nicolas

Medtner, Nicolas (24 Dec. 1875)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...whose patronage he made a number of recordings. A new generation of virtuoso pianists has rediscovered the individuality of his music in which, as the conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov has noted, expressive elaboration always remains part of the essential design. Percy Scholes / David Nice B. Martyn , Nicolas Medtner: His Life and Music (Aldershot,...

Glière, Reinhold Moritsevich

Glière, Reinhold Moritsevich (30 Dec. 1874)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...in the USSR for their lyrical warmth, dramatic effectiveness, and rich orchestration, and his late concertos maintained their popularity; however, his pre-Revolutionary works, more immediate offshoots of late Romanticism, are now eclipsing them in interest. Geoffrey Norris / David ...

Roslavets, Nikolay Andreyevich

Roslavets, Nikolay Andreyevich (24 or 25 Dec. 1880/5 or 6 Jan. 1881)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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143 words

...find that he contributed articles on Webern's op. 7 and on Pierrot lunaire to the contemporary music journal K novïm beregam (‘Towards New Shores’) in 1923 . His experimental contribution to his native music is now being reassessed in the new Russia. Geoffrey Norris / David ...

Tcherepnin, Alexander (Nikolayevich)

Tcherepnin, Alexander (Nikolayevich) (9/21 Jan. 1899)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...concertos, sonatas, and dramatic works. His completion of Musorgsky's unfinished comic opera Marriage had its premiere in Essen in 1937 . In 1949 he became instructor in theory at DePaul University, Chicago, and in 1958 he took American citizenship. Percy Scholes / David Nice E. A. Arias , Alexander Tcherepnin: A Bio-Bibliography (New York,...

Tcherepnin, Nikolay (Nikolayevich)

Tcherepnin, Nikolay (Nikolayevich) (3/15 May 1873)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...the Tbilisi Conservatory, and from 1921 he lived in Paris. He composed ballets, operas, symphonies, symphonic poems, and sacred music, and prepared a completed version of Musorgsky's opera Sorochintsy Fair , which he conducted in Monte Carlo in 1923 . Percy Scholes / David ...

Shebalin, Vissarion Yakovlevich

Shebalin, Vissarion Yakovlevich (29 May)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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143 words

...of the supplementary pas de deux in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake . He was, however, regarded as one of those Soviet composers whose level of complexity called for an official rebuke, and he was named in Andrey Zhdanov's 1948 decree about *formalism . Percy Scholes / David Nice G. Abraham , Eight Soviet Composers (London,...

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