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SHCHEDRIN, Rodion Konstantinovich
b Moscow,16 December 1932

He is the son of a music theorist and writer. In 1948 he enrolled in the Moscow Choral School and began to compose, and in 1951 went to the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1955 with honours. He is one of the most prominent Soviet composers, though his work is rarely heard in the West.

1951 (19)

The Story of a Real Man, symphonic poem

1952 (20)

Piano Quintet

1953 (21)

The Twenty-Eight, cantata

1954 (22)

Piano Concerto No 1

1956 (24)

The Little Humpbacked Horse, ballet

1956-8 (24-6)

Symphony No 1

1961 (29)

Not Love Alone, opera

Chamber Suite

1963 (31)

Concerto for orchestra, No 1

Bureaucratadia, cantata

1965 (33)

Solfeggi, song cycle

Symphony No 2

1966 (34)

Piano Concerto No 2

1967 (35)

Concerto for orchestra, No 2

1968 (36)

Carmen, ballet

Poetoria, for soli, chorus and orchestra

1972 (40)

Anna Karenina, ballet

Lenin Lives, cantata

1973 (41)

Symphonic Fanfares

1981 (49)

Supplice de Pougatchev, for choir a cappella

Stanzas from Eugene Onegin, for choir a cappella

The Frescoes of Dionysus, for nine instruments

Notebook for Youth, fifteen pieces for piano

1982 (50)

Solemn Overture

Concertino for chorus a cappella

Shchedrin has also composed incidental music and film scores, three string quartets, and works for piano.

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