Andrei Eshpai

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Andrei Yakovlevich Eshpai (Russian: Андре́й Я́ковлевич Эшпа́й; 15 May 1925 – 8 November 2015) was an ethnic Mari (Russian and Soviet) composer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Eshpai was born at Kozmodemyansk, Mari El.[2] A Red Army World War II veteran, he studied piano at Moscow Conservatory from 1948 to 1953 under Vladimir Sofronitsky, and composition under Nikolai Rakov, Nikolai Myaskovsky and Evgeny Golubev. He performed his postgraduate study under Aram Khachaturian from 1953 to 1956.[3]

He was the son of the composer Yakov Andreyevich Eshpai, and the father of the filmmaker Andrei Andreyevich Eshpai.[4]

On 8 November 2015, Eshpai died in Moscow from a stroke at the age of 90.[5]

Principal works[edit]

Stage
  • Nobody Is Happier Than Me, operetta (1968–1969); libretto by V. Konstantinov and B. Ratser
  • Love Is Forbidden, musical (1973)
  • Angara, ballet (1974–1975)
  • A Circle, ballet (1979–1980)
Orchestral
  • Symphonic Dances on Mari Themes (1951)
  • Symphony no. 1 in E minor (1959)
  • Symphony no. 2 in A major "Praise the Light" (1962)
  • Symphony no. 3 (1964)
  • Symphony no. 4 "Symphony-Ballet" (1980-1981)
  • Simon Bolivar, Symphonic Poem (1982)
  • Symphony No. 5 (1985)
  • Symphony No. 6 "Liturgic" for mixed chorus, baritone (or bass) and symphony orchestra (1988)
  • Symphony No. 7 (1991)
  • Games (1997)
  • Symphony No. 8 (2000–2001)
  • Symphony No. 9 "Four Verses" for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and narrators (1998–1999)
Concertante
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor (1954)
  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (1956)
  • Concerto Grosso, Concerto for orchestra with solo trumpet, piano, vibraphone and double bass (1966–1967)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 (1972)
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 (1977)
  • Viola Concerto (1987)
  • Cello Concerto (1989)
  • Flute Concerto (1992)[6]
  • Violin Concerto No. 3 "Bartok Concerto" (1990–1992)
  • Violin Concerto No. 4 (1993)[7]
  • Oboe Concerto (1982)
  • Concerto for trumpet, trombone and orchestra (1994–1995)
  • Double Bass Concerto (1994–1995)
  • Horn Concerto in F major (1995)
  • Tuba Concerto (2001)
  • Bassoon Concerto Opus Singularis (2001)
Other

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don Michael Randel (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. pp. 252–. ISBN 978-0-674-37299-3. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Joel Flegler (1995). Fanfare. J. Flegler. p. 167. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Maurice Hinson (1 January 1993). Music for Piano and Orchestra: An Annotated Guide. Indiana University Press. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-0-253-33953-9. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Soviet Film. Sovexportfilm. 1973. p. 36. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Композитор Андрей Эшпай скончался в Москве на 91-м году жизни" (in Russian). TASS. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Eshpai Vol3 Concerto flute & Orch etc. [RB]: Classical CD Reviews – July 2003 MusicWeb(UK)". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  7. ^ "ANDREI ESHPAI (1925–) Vol. 1 : Classical CD Reviews – Oct 1999". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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