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Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904 - 1987): Piano Sheet Music and Books

Kabalevsky, Dmitri

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Dmitri Kabalevsky Bio:

Dmitri Kabalevsky, one of the most prominent of contemporary Soviet composers, was born in St. Petersburg on December 30, 1904. When he was fifteen he entered the Alexander Skryabin State College of Music in Moscow where he studied under George Catoire. After graduating from this school in 1925, Kabalevsky entered a more decisive stage of his musical education, enrolling in the Moscow Conservatory where he studied piano with Alexander Goldenweiser, director of that institution, and composition with the prolific Nicolas Miaskovsky. Thus Kabalevsky, like his famous compatriot, Dmitri Shostakovich, did not reach his artistic maturity until after the October Revolution of 1917. Unlike Shostakovich, however, Kabalevsky did not go through such a decisive iconoclastic-satiric phase of musical composition, nor has the accusation of A"formalismA" been hurled at him. This is not to say that KabalevskyA's music is lacking in progressive tendencies, but rather that there is a definite link with the past of Tchaikovsky and Skryabin in his music.

Kabalevsky has composed extensively in all forms. By the time he had reached the age of twenty-six he had written a Concerto, Op. 9, a Sonata, Op. 6, two Sonatinas, Op. 13, and Four Preludes, Op. 5 for the piano. In addition he had composed a String Quartet, Op. 8, and several smaller compositions for children. These latter works were the direct result of his teaching in a government school for children from 1925 to 1926. During succeeding years his works include a Poem for Struggle for chorus and orchestra (1931), Symphony No. 1 (1932), a Reqiuem for Lenin for chorus and orchestra, sometimes called Symphony No. 3 (1933), Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1934), Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor (1935), two operas, Master of Clamency (1937), which is based on Romain RollandA's novel, Colas Breugnon, and a recently completed one which is said to have been inspired by the battle of Moscow, Symphony No. 4, subtitled Shchors (1939), and two ballets, Vasilek (1938) and Bivaytse Zdarovi (1940). His String Quartet No. 2 won the Stalin Prize in 1945 and it was in this same year that his Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 38 were first published in Moscow.

Kabalevsky first came into prominence in the United States in November 1942 when Toscanini performed his Symphony No. 2 in C minor with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Since this time the symphony has been played with success by many of the major American orchestras. About this same time the brilliant and care-free overture of his opera, Master of Clamecy, was also introduced to American audiences. Following this widespread interest in KabalevskyA's music, musicians have turned to his compositions in smaller forms, notably the Twenty-Four Preludes for piano, Op. 38.