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
Kabalevsky: Romeo & Juliet, Colas Breugnon, Etc / Jelvakov
Release Date: 09/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553411   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos No 1 & 2, Etc / Rudin, Golovchin
Release Date: 10/06/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553788   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky, Muczynski: Piano Concertos, Etc / Johnson, Et Al
Release Date: 09/01/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2089   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninoff, Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas / Cooke, Watkins
Release Date: 09/28/2004   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2676   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Bang, Et Al
Release Date: 03/21/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557683   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Lightly Classical
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst,  Sir William Walton  ... 
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  • 52.
    Sari Biro Legacy: Historic Performances 1944-1972
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1174 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
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    Pawel Lisitzian - Lied-Edition
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10300 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Lisitsian
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  • 54.
    Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Marina Tarasova, Veronika Dudarova
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1116 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Marina Tarasova,  Natalia Likhopoi,  Ludmila Uritskaya
    Conductor:  Veronika Dudarova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Orchestra of Russia
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  • 55.
    Kabalevsky: Preludes, Sonata No 3, Sonatina / Mclachlan
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1084 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Murray McLachlan
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  • 56.
    Romeo & Juliet - Love Eternal
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578102 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vasily Jelvakov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Marin Alsop,  Yoav Talmi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  Colorado Symphony  ... 
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  • 57.
    Russian Piano Music Vol 1 - Shostakovich & Comrades
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25080 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronald Stevenson,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Performer:  Murray McLachlan
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  • 58.
    Southern Harmony / Mikkelson, Ohio State University Wind Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572342 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morten Lauridsen,  Donald Grantham,  John Stevens,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Russel C. Mikkelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University Wind Symphony
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  • 59.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Russia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47282 Release Date: 10/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Maurice Jarre,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    Kabalevsky: Preludes (Complete) / Alexandre Dossin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570976 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Alexandre Dossin
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  • 61.
    Masterpieces Of Russian Music
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 254 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Plamen Hidjov
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Legendary Russian Pianists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9014 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kerer,  Konstantin Igumnov,  Yakov Flier,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  David Oistrakh,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Death Or Glory / United States Army Brass Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT61392 Release Date: 05/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Browne Hall,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Traditional,  James Curnow  ... 
    Performer:  David A. Kratz,  Laura J. Lineberger,  Nathan Sommers
    Conductor:  Beth T.M. Steele
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Brass Band
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  • 64.
    Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Sonatas / Alexandre Dossin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570822 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Alexandre Dossin
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  • 65.
    The Fantastic Philadelphians - A Dazzling Dance Spectacular / Ormandy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38128 Release Date: 04/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Toon Time - Classical Music From Classic Cartoons
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578011-12 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
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  • 67.
    Pops Around The World / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 400071 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  John Williams,  Mikhail Glinka,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 68.
    Kabalevsky: Complete Symphonies / Oue, Northwest German Rso, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999833 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest German Radio Chorus,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Last Night Of The Proms - The 100th Season
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4388 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Minoru Miki,  Paul Creston,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No 3; Rimsky-korsakov: Piano Concerto / Liu, Yablonsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557794 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Hsin-Ni Liu
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gnesin Academy Chorus
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  • 71.
    Leonard Slatkin Conducts Russian Classics
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5661 Release Date: 06/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: GD254 Release Date: 02/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Plamen Hidjov
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
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  • 73.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Yakov Flier
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5665 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yakov Flier
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  • 74.
    Ballet Greatest Hits Vol I
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45658 Release Date: 12/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jacques Offenbach,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Eugene Ormandy,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    Artist Profile - Efrem Kurtz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67729 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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