Nikolay Sokolov (composer)

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This article is about the Russian composer and teacher. For the violinist and conductor, see Nikolai Sokoloff.

Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov (Russian: Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Соколо́в; 26 March [O.S. 14 March] 1859 – 27 March 1922) was a Russian composer of classical music and a member of the circle that grew around the publisher Mitrofan Belyayev.

Career[edit]

Sokolov was born in Saint Petersburg in 1859. A student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, he taught Alexander Tcherepnin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Yuri Shaporin[1] at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

He was the posthumous dedicatee of Shostakovich's Theme and Variations in B-flat major for orchestra, Op. 3.[2][3]

Sokolov's recorded works include his contributions to several collaborative projects of the "Belyayev circle", including the set of character pieces for string quartet known as Les Vendredis as well as a set of variations for piano and orchestra on a Russian theme.

Other works include a Quintet, Op. 3, also arranged for string orchestra as a serenade; final chorus from Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy's Don Juan, Op. 5; choruses for women's voices, Op. 12 (published 1892); piano variations, Op. 25; Variations on a popular Russian theme for string quartet (published 1899). There are also three string quartets, in F major, A major and D minor, and a string trio in D minor, his Op. 45 (published in 1916). All of these were published by Belyayev's firm.

It is possible that, when Sergei Diaghilev was looking for a composer for The Firebird, Sokolov was considered before Igor Stravinsky was settled on.[4][5]

He died in Petrograd in 1922, aged 63.

Selected worklist[edit]

  • Orchestral music
    • Elegie, for orchestra (pub. 1888)[6]
    • Four pieces for strings, Op. 18[7]
    • Second Serenade for strings, Op. 23[8][9]
    • Caressante polka, for string orchestra, Op. 38.[10]
    • Divertissement, Op. 42[9][11]
    • Music for Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, for large orchestra, Op. 44[12]
    • Ballet 'Les Cygnes Sauvages' Op.40 Suite for Orchestra Belaieff 1902 pl.#2353-2355
  • String quartets
  • Other chamber music, and piano music.
    • Elegie, for violin with piano accompaniment, Op. 17.[16]
    • Variations for piano, Op. 25.[17]
    • String trio in D minor, Op. 45[9][18]
    • Romance for Cello and Piano, Op. 19[9]
  • Vocal music
    • Four lieder from Op. 1[19]
    • Three-part chorus "Printemps"[20]
    • Autumn for women's chorus and piano[9]
    • Four romances on words of Apollon Korinfsky with piano accompaniment, Op. 24 (pub. 1895)[21]
    • Choruses for Men's Voices, Op. 6[9]
    • Choruses for Men's Voices, Op. 15[9]

Books[edit]

  • Sokolov, N. Prakticheskoe rukovodstvo k izucheniiu akkordov, vkhodiashchikh v kurs II-go klassa solfedzhio Petrogradskoi konservatorii. 1897, reprinted 1916. Izd. M.P. Bieliaeva. (18 pages.[22])
  • Sokolov, N. Imitatsii na cantus firmus; posobie pri izuchenii kontrapunkta strogogo stilia. Leningrad: Izd. Gosudarstvennoi konservatorii. 1928. (62 pages, of which pages 23–62 are score.)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ van Rijen, Onno. "Yuri Shaporin". Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  2. ^ Fay, Shostakovich: A Life, p.19
  3. ^ van Rijen, Onno. "Compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich: Childhood and Youth (1906-1924)". Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  4. ^ Taruskin, Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions: A Biography of the Works Through Mavra, p.579
  5. ^ Walsh, Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934, unspecified page
  6. ^ OCLC 54114695: Elegie : pour orchestre (WorldCat.org) at worldcat.org
  7. ^ OCLC 47631252: 4 pʹesy dli︠a︡ skripki, soch. 18 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  8. ^ OCLC 54114728: 2me sérénade : pour orchestre à cordes, op. 23 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j This work is available in score or parts at IMSLP.
  10. ^ OCLC 54114653: Caressante polka : pour orchestre d'archets, op. 38 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  11. ^ OCLC 54114676 Divertissement : pour grand orchestre, op. 42 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  12. ^ OCLC 54114747 Musique pour "Le conte d'hiver" de Shakespeare : pour grand orchestre, op. 44 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  13. ^ The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library /All Locations at catalog.nypl.org
  14. ^ OCLC 18586235 2me quatuor (en la majeur) pour deux violons, alto et violoncelle, op. 14. (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  15. ^ OCLC 4600820 Troisième quatuor (en re mineur) : pour deux violons, alto et violoncelle, op. 20 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  16. ^ OCLC 50010828: Elégie pour violon avec accompagnement de piano, op. 17 (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  17. ^ OCLC 70697009 Variations pour piano ... Op. 25 ... (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  18. ^ Cornell Permanent Link
  19. ^ Mirlyn - Ann Arbor and Flint - Full Record at mirlyn.lib.umich.edu
  20. ^ OCLC 11849725: Spring = Printemps : three-part chorus for women's voices (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  21. ^ OCLC 20242043: Chetyre romansa na slova Apollona Korinfskago s soprovozhdeniem fortepiano ... soch. 24 ... (WorldCat.org) at www.worldcat.org
  22. ^ The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library /All Locations at catnyp.nypl.org

References[edit]

  • Fay, Laurel (1999). Shostakovich: A Life. Oxford University Press. p. 19. ISBN 0-19-513438-9. 
  • Taruskin, Richard. Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions: A Biography of the Works Through Mavra. Oxford University Press. p. 579. ISBN 0-19-816250-2. 
  • Walsh, Stephen. Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934. New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999. ISBN 0-679-41484-3.

External links[edit]

Davis-Beattie, Richard 'Beauty of Belaieff' p. 288-290 ISBN 978-1-905912-14-8