Dmitri Kabalevsky

Biography

Born: December 30, 1904; Russia   Died: February 14, 1987; Russia  
The music of Russian composer and teacher Dmitri Kabalevsky was hailed by Communist authorities as the finest incarnation of their artistic vision. Born in St. Petersburg in 1904, he lived during a notoriously difficult time for composers in that country. In 1918, Kabalevsky moved with his family to Moscow, where he studied at the Scriabin Music School. At the age of 18, Kabalevsky began to compose, primarily for the piano. His early pieces were Read more studies for his young students, a practical facet of his compositional output which would remain with him throughout his career. He entered the Moscow Conservatory in 1925, studying piano with Goldenweiser and composition with Miaskovsky, the latter being particularly influential on Kabalevsky's developing musical outlook. By the end of the 1920s Kabalevsky was gaining notoriety as a composer; in 1928 the premiere of his First Piano Concerto launched him into the forefront of Soviet composers, while at the same time, the charming C major Sonatina for piano brought him international acclaim.
From his appointment to the composition faculty of the Moscow Conservatory in 1932 to his death in 1987, Kabalevsky produced a steady stream of works which sought to embody Soviet musical ideals through the use of diatonic tonality and accessible structural contours. He is perhaps best known for the overture to his opera Colas Breugnon (1936) which Arturo Toscanini conducted worldwide in the 1940s and 1950s. His suite The Comedians (1940), is another well-known work, especially the Galop, which has become a pops concert favorite, while the Piano Concerto No. 2 (1935) is likely his finest purely musical achievement. A series of concertos for young players (Violin 1948, Cello 1949, and the Third Piano Concerto of 1952) has greatly enriched the literature for student soloists. Kabalevsky's Requiem, Op. 72, completed in 1962, is a memorial to those who lost their lives during World War II. The text is based on a poem written by Robert Rozhdestvensky.
In addition to his compositional activities, Kabalevsky was a frequent contributor to pedagogical magazines and he held positions on various State educational bodies. Kabalevsky joined the Communist Party in 1940; by 1941 he received the Medal of Honour from the Soviet government for his musical prowess. During World War II, Kabalevsky wrote several inspirational songs and battle hymns. In 1942, his Great Homeland, and Avengers of the People were written to inspire heroism and patriotism. Kabalevsky's popular The Taras Family (1947) used music from the opera In the Fire. It became a success in spite of the 1948 party decree on music, probably because Kabalevsky's music had become more lyrical in nature. Kabalevsky was one of the few well-known Soviet composers who escaped the infamous 1948 condemnation of composers by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. (The scapegoats, including Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and Miaskovsky were censured for indulging in "decadent formalism.")
Later in life, Kabalevsky became more involved in choral music. Kabalevsky continued to be a force in musical education. He was elected the head of the Commission of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in 1962, as well as being elected president of the Scientific Council of Educational Esthetics in the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in 1969. Kabalevsky also received the honorary degree of president of the International Society of Musical Education. Read less
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    Timeless: Wind Band Dances & Other Concert Favorites / BYU Wind Symphony
    Label: Byu Records   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ryan Nowlin,  Joseph Wilcox Jenkins,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Arthur Sullivan  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Peterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BYU Wind Symphony
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    On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin / Koornhof, Vorster
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3479 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Alexander Glazunov,  William Kroll,  Balys Dvarionas  ... 
    Performer:  Piet Koornhof,  Bernarda Vorster
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    Sonatas By Shostakovich, Prokofiev And Kabalevsky
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3415 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  John Blacklow,  Karen Buranskas
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    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002436502 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Zara Nelsova: Cello Concertos, Sonatas & Suites
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21433 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Darius Milhaud,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Lothar Broddack,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Georg Ludwig Jochum,  Gerd Albrecht
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    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Shtarkman,  Stefan Ruha,  Victoria Stefanescu,  Lev Vlasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Boris Khaikin,  Neeme Järvi,  Fuat Mansurov  ... 
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    Encores
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Tristan Pfaff
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    Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Concertos;  Gliere / Oistrakh, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard Classics   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Schumann, Kabalevsky, Falla, Granados, Haydn /Shafran, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard Classics   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Daniil Shafran,  Nina Musinian
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Nadia Resienberg - 110th Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7309 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg
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    Live Recital Recording / Stephen Beus
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3388 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Medtner,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Beus
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    Prokofiev, Kabalevsky  / Leonard Elschenbroich
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4122 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Leonard Elschenbroich,  Alexei Grynyuk,  Petr Limonov
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Kabalevsky - A Recital Of Concert Pieces / Kirsten Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6283 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Kirsten Johnson
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    Kabalevsky: Piano Pieces For Children / Kirsten Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6282 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Kirsten Johnson
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    Kabalevsky: Comedians Suite, Piano Concerto No 1 / Mnatsakanov
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1287 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Anatoly Sheludiakov
    Conductor:  Walter Mnatsakanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
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    Emil Gilels In Italy: Chopin, Schubert/Kabalevsky, Mozart
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo
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  • 18.
    A Tribute To Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Vol. 3
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 740 Release Date: 05/20/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Erling Blondal Bengtsson,  Anker Blyme
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 21.
    Vladimir Horowitz plays Great Sonatas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884092 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 22.
    Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos 1 & 2; Colas Breugnon Suite
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777668 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Torleif Thedéen
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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  • 23.
    Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos / Ma, Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 54727 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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    Battle of Stalingrad / Pedersen, Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Arne Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
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