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

Ginastera, Kabalevsky, Senderovas: Works For Violoncello And Piano
Release Date: 05/11/2010   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72358   Number of Discs: 1
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
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    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
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    Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos / Ma, Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 54727 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
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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  ... 
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    Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall
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    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
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    A Century Of Russian Colours / Camille Thomas, Beatrice Berrut
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Lera Auerbach
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4206 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Sergei Prokofiev
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    Valentina Levko - Star Of The Bolshoi
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    Classical Caffeine
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    Micromania: 85 Piano Miniatures
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    Anthology Of Piano Music By Russian & Soviet Composers, Part 1
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001968 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas 1, 2 & 3; Four Preludes
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1324 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
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    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Early Recordings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2390 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Concertos / Fancis, Korstick, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777658 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Schubert
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    Kabalevsky: Romeo And Juliet; The Comedians; Spring; Overtures / Lapunov, Byelorussian Radio & TV Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 2017 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
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    Harriet Cohen - Complete Solo Studio Recordings
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    Label: Ebs   Catalog: EBS6124 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy
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    Flash - Marimba Miniatures / Edwardes
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 215 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Art Of Oda Slobodskaya - The Decca & Rimington Van Wyck Recordings 1938-1961
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    Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Sonatas / Artur Pizarro
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
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    Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Deluze
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250279 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
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