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Petr Podkovyrov (1910 - 1977)

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Born in Chelyabinsk. He studied composition at the Minsk Conservatory with Vasily Zolotaryov, who himself had studied with Mily Balakirev, Anatoly Liadov and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Podkovyrov composed musical works in many different genres, including works for piano solo as well as songs for voice and piano. His style is rather romantic and post-romantic, but also employing many unusual compositional devices commonly heard in the 20th century.  He joined the faculty of the Minsk Conservatoire after graduation. He composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal music as well as works for the stage and folk ensembles. Among his unrecorded orchestral works are a Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1964), Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 (1971) and a Cello Concerto (1959).

His 24 Preludes written in 1943 are available from First Step Records...were written in 1943 during the composer's evacuation to the Caucasus mountains from Minsk and reflect the emotions of composers during Hitlers invasion of Belarus.

other works:
Piano sonatina No.1
String quartet No.1
Symphony No.1
Concerto for violin and orchestra No.1
Twenty Four Preludes for piano
Piano quintet
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.3
Piano sonatina No.2
Concerto for violin and orchestra No.2
String quartet No.2
Trombone sonata
Wind quintet
Bassoon sonata
Clarinet sonata
Oboe sonata
Flute sonata
Concerto for piano and orchestra
Concerto for cello and orchestra
Quartet for four flutes
Quartet for oboe, cor anglais and two cellos
Horn sonata
Trumpet sonata
String quartet No.3
Cello sonata
Viola sonata
Violin sonata
String quartet No.4
Quartet for four cellos
Symphony No.4
Concerto for violin and orchestra No.3 in G major Concerto-Poem
String quartet No.5

2010 is the centennial of the birth of Petr Petrovich Podkovyrov. One of the first composition graduates of the Belarusian State Conservatoire in Minsk (in 1937), he studied composition with Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, who himself had studied with Mily Balakirev and Anatoly Liadov and later with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Thus Podkovyrov’s “compositional ancestry” can be traced to the 19th century group of Russian nationalist composers known as “The Five.”

During the Great Patriotic War (Russian term for World War II) Podkovyrov evacuated 1200 miles southeast from Minsk to Maikop in the Caucasus mountains. It was during this evacuation (1943-44) that he composed 24 Preludes. After the war he was invited to teach at the Belarusian State Conservatoire (now the Belarusian State Academy of Music).
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