Boleslav Yavorsky

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Boleslav Leopoldovich Yavorsky (Russian: Болеслав Леопольдович Яворский; June 22, 1877, Kharkiv – November 26, 1942[1]) was a Russian musicologist, music teacher, administrator and pianist.

Through his teachings and editorial positions he heavily influenced Soviet music theory.[2] However, outside Soviet circles, he has had little impact.[2]


He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Sergei Taneyev. He taught at the Kiev Conservatory until 1919, the First Music Tekhnikum in Moscow, which he founded, and the Moscow Conservatory.

He chaired the music section of Narkompros from 1922 to 1930.

Yavorsky was a friend, mentor and confidant of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and played an important role in the latter's development. He often used his influence to further Shostakovich's career.[3]

His students included Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky (also known as Vernon Duke), Alexei Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Alexander Abramovich Krein, Sergei Protopopov, Mykola Leontovych, Tatiana Grigorievna Shaborkina (director of the Scriabin Museum from 1941-84), and Isaak Rabinovich, whose son Boleslav Rabinovich was named after Isaak's beloved teacher.


  1. ^ Slonimsky, Nicolas (1978). "Yavorsky, Boleslav". Baker's Biographical dictionary of musicians (6th ed.). New York: Schirmer Books. p. 1926. ISBN 0-02-870240-9.
  2. ^ a b Damschroder, Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker: A Bibliography and Guide, p.386
  3. ^ Fay, Shostakovich: A Life, p. 27


  • Damschroder, David; Williams, David Russell (1990). Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker: A Bibliography and Guide. Pendragon Press. pp. 386–388. ISBN 0-918728-99-1.
  • Fay, Laurel (1999). Shostakovich: A Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 27, p. 385. ISBN 0-19-513438-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wehrmeyer, Andreas (1991). Studien zum russichen Musikdenken um 1920 (in German). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. ISBN 3-631-44048-0.
  • McQuere, Gordon (1983). "The Theories of Boleslav Yavorsky". In McQuere, Gordon (ed.). Russian Theoretical Thought in Music. Russian Music Studies. No. 10. UMI Research Press. ISBN 0-8357-1457-8.