Sergei Vasilenko

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Sergei Vasilenko
Василенко Сергей Никифорович.jpg
Born(1872-03-18)March 18, 1872
DiedMarch 11, 1956(1956-03-11) (aged 83)
Alma materImperial Moscow University (1896)
Occupationcomposer, conductor

Sergei Nikiforovich Vasilenko (Russian: Серге́й Никифорович Василенко, Sergej Nikiforovič Vasilenko; 30 March 1872 [O.S. 18 March] – 11 March 1956) was a Russian and Soviet composer and music teacher whose compositions showed a strong tendency towards mysticism.[1]

Vasilenko was born in Moscow and originally studied Law at Moscow University, but then changed direction and studied at the Moscow Conservatory from 1896 to 1901 as a pupil of Sergei Taneyev and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov.[2] From 1903 to 1904 he was the conductor of a private opera house in Moscow.[3] For several years he was the organiser and conductor of the Historic Concerts of the Russian Musical Society. He then became a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, where his students included Aram Khachaturian, Nikolai Roslavets, Nikolai Rakov and Aarre Merikanto.[4]

Vasilenko was awarded the Order of the Red Banner as well as the title "Merited Worker of Arts". In 1947, he was awarded the Stalin Prize.[5] He died in Moscow in 1956.

Selected works[edit]

Opera[edit]

  • Skazaniye o grade velikom Kitezhe i tikhom ozere Svetoyare (Tale of the Great City of Kitezh and the Quiet Lake Svetoyar) (1902; originally a cantata, Op. 5)[6]
  • Sïn solntsa (The Son of the Sun), Op. 63 (1929)
  • Khristofor Kolumb (Christopher Columbus), Op. 80 (1933)
  • Buran (The Snow Storm), Op. 98 (1939)[7]
  • Velikiy kanal (The Grand Canal), Op. 101 (1939)
  • Suvorov, Op. 102 (1942)

Ballet[edit]

  • In the Rays of the Sun, Op. 17 (1925–26)
  • Noya, Op. 42 (1923)
  • Joseph the Handsome, Op. 50 (1925)
  • Lola, Op. 52 (1926)
  • The Gypsies, Op. 90 (1936; after Alexander Pushkin)
  • The Frog Princess, Op. 103 (1941)
  • Mirandolina

Choral[edit]

  • Cantata Legend of the Great City of Kitezh and the Quiet Lake Svetoyar, Op, 5 (later turned into an opera that anticipated Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's work on the same subject)
  • Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op. 92 (1937)

Incidental music[edit]

Orchestral[edit]

  • Three Bloody Battles, Op. 1 (1900)
  • Epic Poem, Op. 4 (1900–03)
  • Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 10 (1904–06)
  • The Garden of Death, symphonic poem after Oscar Wilde, Op. 13 (1907–08)
  • Sappho, symphonic poem, Op. 14 (1909)
  • Flight of the Witches, symphonic poem, Op. 15 (1908–09)
  • Au soleil, symphonic poem, Op. 17
  • Fantastic Waltz, Op. 18 (1912)
  • Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 22
  • Suite on lute music of the 14th to 17th centuries, Op. 24 (1914)
  • Zodiac, suite on French themes of the 18th century, Op. 27 (1914)
  • Exotic Suite, Op. 29 (1915–16)
  • Indian Suite, Op. 42bis
  • Chinese Suite, No. 1, Op. 60 (1928)
  • Turkmenian Suite, Op. 68 (1931)
  • Chinese Suite, No. 2, Op. 70 (1931)
  • Merry-go-round, 8 Soviet dances, Op. 73 (1932)
  • The Soviet East, suite, Op. 75 (1932)
  • Red Army Rhapsody, Op. 77 (1932)
  • film music for Boris Barnet's Okraina (1933)
  • Slavonic Rhapsody (1937)

Concertante[edit]

  • Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 25 (1910–13)
  • Concerto for symphony orchestra and brass band (1928)
  • Suite on Russian Folk Themes, balalaika and accordion (1928)
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 113
  • Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 128

Chamber[edit]

  • String Quartet in A, Op. 3 (c. 1901)
  • Sonata in D minor for viola and piano, Op. 46 (1923); version for violin and piano (1955)
  • String Quartet in E minor, Op. 58 (c. 1928)
  • Quartet on Turkmenian Themes, for flute, oboe (English horn), clarinet, bassoon and percussion ad lib., Op. 65 (1932)
  • Piano Trio in A, Op. 74 (1932)
  • Japanese Suite for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, xylophone and piano, Op. 66a (1938)
  • Chinese Sketches, woodwind, Op. 78 (1938)
  • Quartet on American Themes, woodwind, Op. 79 (1938)

Military band[edit]

  • March of the Red Army, Op. 64 (1929)
  • Fantasy on Revolutionary Songs of the West, Op. 71 (1931)

Other[edit]

  • songs (including settings of Māori, Sinhalese, Indian and Japanese tunes)
  • folksong arrangements (including Negro and Turkmenian melodies)
  • piano pieces

Recordings[edit]

  • Sergei Vasilenko: Viola and Piano Music (Complete) - Viola Sonata, Op. 46 / Lullaby / 4 Pieces on Themes of Lute Music of the 16-17th Centuries, Op. 35 / Sleeping River / Oriental Dance, Op. 47 / Suite Zodiakus I.A.S, Op. 27 / 4 Pieces (1953) - Elena Artamonova (viola) and Nicholas Walker (piano). Toccata Classics TOCC0127, released 2011
  • "The Russian Connection" - Hexagon Ensemble. Etcetera Records KTC1246, released 2001 - includes Sergei Vasilenko: Quartet on Turkmenian Themes Op.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artamonova, Elena. "Unknown Sergey Vasilenko And His Viola Compositions: Recent Discoveries In Russian Archives" (PDF). Journal OF THE AMERICAN VIOLA SOCIETY. 28 (1): 33–47.
  2. ^ "Сергей Василенко (II)". Кино-Театр.РУ. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  3. ^ "персоналии - Василенко Сергей Никифорович". www.mosconsv.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  4. ^ "Сергей Никифорович Василенко (Sergei Vasilenko) | Belcanto.ru". www.belcanto.ru. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  5. ^ Рогаль-Левицкий, Дмитрий (1947). "Творческий путь С. Н. Василенко" (PDF). Музыкальная Академия. 2: 7–19.
  6. ^ Е. А., Артамонова (2015). "Композитор Сергей Василенко и его вклад в Русскую музыкальную культуру" (PDF). ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННОЕ ОБРАЗОВАНИЕ И НАУКА: 96–103.
  7. ^ "Сергей Никифорович Василенко - Персоны - Санкт-Петербургская академическая филармония имени Д.Д. Шостаковича". www.philharmonia.spb.ru. Retrieved 2020-12-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Imperial Moscow University: 1755-1917: encyclopedic dictionary. Moscow: Russian political encyclopedia (ROSSPEN). A. Andreev, D. Tsygankov. 2010. pp. 114–115. ISBN 978-5-8243-1429-8.
  • A. Eaglefield-Hull (ed), A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London 1924)
  • Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed. (1954)

See also[edit]

See: List of music students by teacher: T to Z#Sergei Vasilenko.

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