Lyudmila Lyadova

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Lyudmila Alekseevna Lyadova (b. 29 March 1925) is a Russian composer who lives and works in Moscow.


Lyudmila Lyadova was born in Sverdlovsk into a family of professional musicians. Her father was Alexei Ivanovich Lyadov, a tenor soloist and violinist of the Sverdlovsk Opera Theatre, and her mother was Julia P. Lyadov (1902-1980) who sang with the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic. Lyudmila took private piano lessons as a child, studying with V.A. Bernhard. At the age of 10, she entered the Sverdlovsk Conservatory where she studied with B.S. Marants and V. Trambitsky. At the age of 14 she made her debut with the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic conducted by Mark Pavermana.[1]

During World War II, Lyadova and her mother became active in concert brigades to entertain the troops, where Lyudmila played and sang popular songs. By November 1943, she had already written a children's miniature on poems by Agniya Barto and Petrovsky and other works including a piano sonata. She appeared in Moscow in a showcase for young talent, and two years later won a performance prize in Moscow for a duet with Nina Panteleeva. The duo went on to tour successfully and participated in variety shows and summer theater.

In February 1951 Lyadova was admitted to the Union of Soviet Composers, and soon afterward the duo broke up as she spent more time working as a composer. She collaborated with poet George Hodosova to produce about one hundred songs, and also worked with poets Sergey Mikhalkov, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Nikolay Dorizo, L. Zubkova, B. Bryansk, Vladimir Petrov, T.N. Ponomareva and others.

She married Alexander Fedorovich.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]


Lyadova is noted for operettas and theater for children.[3] Selected works include:

  • Podem (Lyrics: Vladimir Kharitonov) 1980
  • Two Colors of Time, opera (libretto by E. and A. Kushakova Snitsarenko, 1986)
  • Under a black mask. operetta (libretto by J. Lelganta, 1960)
  • Atamansha (libretto by G. Pavlov, 1972)
  • In a dangerous level (libretto by I. Petrova, 1976)
  • Who's your bride? (libretto by I. Petrova, 1978)
  • Miner's Bride (libretto by I. Petrova, 1983)
  • Soul Soldier (libretto by E . Shatunovsky, 1962),
  • The Tale of Eremu, Daniel and evil forces (libretto by Petrova, 1977)
  • A Countess from San Francisco (director/playwright, P.A. Grads, Izhevsk Academic Opera, 1993)
  • The Great Battle (lyrics by Vladimir Petrov, 1967)
  • Concert Waltz for piano, 1950
  • Carousel for piano, 1960
  • Concert Polka for piano, 1965
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, 1965
  • Intermezzo, Rhapsody, for Russian Folk Instruments
  • Kolkhoznaya Polka, 1950
  • Ural Rhapsody, 1951
  • Volga Suite, 1952
  • The Feast of the Volga for orchestra, 1957
  • Holiday in the stadium for orchestra, 1958
  • Russian souvenir for orchestra, 1961
  • Coconuts for orchestra, 1963
  • Elegy for violin and piano, 1961
  • Blind Girl for violin, 1962
  • Fantasy for accordion, 1962
  • Negro Doll, ballet
  • Spanish Dance, ballet

Her music has been used in films, including:

  • It's Impossible Without It, 1971
  • Giraffe and the Glasses, 1978[4]

Lyadova has also published a collection of nursery rhymes entitled Pochemuchka.


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Lyudmila A. Liadov". 16 November 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Rubin, Don (1994). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe. 
  4. ^ "Lyudmila Lyadova". Retrieved 6 January 2011.