Boris Asafyev

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Boris Vladimirovich Asafyev, PAU (Russian: Бори́с Влади́мирович Аса́фьев; 29 July [O.S. 17 July] 1884 – 27 January 1949) was a Russian and Soviet composer, writer, musicologist, musical critic and one of founders of Soviet musicology. He is the dedicatee of Prokofiev's First Symphony. He was born in St. Petersburg.[1]

Asafyev had a strong influence on Soviet music. His compositions include ballets, operas, symphonies, concertos and chamber music. His ballets include Flames of Paris, based on the French Revolution, and The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, which was first performed in 1934, and was performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 2006.

His writings, under the name Igor Glebov, include The Book about Stravinsky and Glinka (for which he was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1948).

Selected works[edit]

Plaque in Truda Square, Saint Petersburg, dedicated to Asafyev.
  • The Cashier's Wife
  • Minin and Pozharsky
  • The Girl without a Dowry
  • 5 Symphonies
  • Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (1939)
  • Concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra (1939)
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra (1939)
Chamber music
  • String Quartet (1940)
  • Sonata for viola solo (1938)
  • Sonata for cello and piano (1935)
  • Sonata for trumpet and piano (1939)
  • Sonatina for oboe and piano (1939)
  • Variations for horn and piano (1940)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BORIS VLADIMIROVICH ASAFIEV". Naxos. Retrieved 23 August 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Viljanen, Elina (2017). The Problem of the Modern and Tradition: Early Soviet Musical Culture and the Musicological Theory of Boris Asafiev (1884–1949) (Ph.D. thesis. University of Helsinki). Acta Semiotica Fennica. Approaches to Musical Semiotics, 23. Helsinki: Suomen Semiotiikan Seura. ISBN 978-952-68257-7-9. ISSN 1235-497X. Lay summary.

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