Yakiv Stepovy

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Yakiv Stepanovich Stepovy (Ukrainian: Яків Степовий) (October 20, 1883 – November 4, 1921) was a Ukrainian composer, music teacher, and music critic.

Stepovy was born Yakiv Yakymenko (Akimenko) in Kharkiv, in the Russian Empire (in present-day Ukraine). Stepovy's older brother, Theodore Akimenko [fr]), was also a composer.[1] Stepovy was a representative of the Ukrainian musical intelligentsia of the 20th century. He was one of the founders of the national school of composition and composed in the tradition of Mykola Lysenko.[2]

Stepovy was a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and graduated in 1914.[1][3]

During World War I, Stepovy was recruited to the military, where he worked as a secretary on a hospital train.[3] He served in the military for almost three years, until he managed to get released in April 1917.[4] After this he settled in Kiev where he worked as a teacher at the Kiev Conservatory and a musical critic.[2]

He was a master at choral and piano works, the author of music collections for children, teacher of the Kiev Conservatory and founder of the State vocal quartet.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Savytsky, Roman. "Stepovy, Yakiv". Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  2. ^ a b Яків Степовий – продовжувач традицій М. Лисенка (Yakiv Stepovy – continuer of Mykola Lysenko's traditions article on website of Ukrainian People's Party (in Ukrainian)
  3. ^ a b Yakiv Stepovyi (1883–1921) – biography on Ukrainian Art Song Project page
  4. ^ Я. С. Степовий (1883–1921 pp.) full biography at akolada.org.ua (in Ukrainian)

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