Nikolai Kapustin

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 22 February 2014


Born

Nikolai Kapustin was born in Gorlovka (Ukraine) in 1937.

Education

Kapustin is a member of the old USSR Composer's Union since 1980. Graduated from the class of Prof. A. Goldenweiser at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1961. During the late 1950's he made himself an excellent reputation as a jazz pianist, arranger and composer and made numerous appearances with his own quintet as well as with the Yuri Saulsky's Central Artists' Club Big Band in Moscow. During 1961-72 he toured throughout the Soviet Union and aboard with the Oleg Lundstrem's Jazz Orchestra.

Style

His compositional style is a blend of West European classical and post classical art music with the modern idioms of jazz and rock. He has in his earlier days been predominantly interested in the gendre of the instrumental concerto - amongst his compositions are three concertos for piano & orchestra (1961, 1974, 1985), a two-movement concerto for orchestra (1980), a concertino for piano & orchestra (1957) and a concert rhapsody for piano & orchestra (1976). More lately he has directed his attention towards solo piano music and his pieces published in the 1980's include: Early-Music-Style Suite; Variations; Toccatina; Daybreak; Motive force.

Interviews

In 2000 Martin Anderson and Harriet Smith interviewed Nikolai Kapustin. These interviews were included in the September/October 2000-issue of Fanfare and in the International Piano Quarterly. Here you find both interviews:
- Martin Anderson's interview for Fanfare
- Harriet Smith's interview for International Piano Quarterly

Leslie d'Ath wrote a Performer's Perspective about Nikolai Kapustin.

Works

Opus 1: Concertino for piano and orchestra (1957)

Opus 2: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 (1961)

Opus 3: Variation for piano and big-band (1962)

Opus 4: Chorale and Fugue for orchestra (1962)

Opus 5: Piece for trumpet and orchestra (1962)

Opus 6: "Rose-Marie", fantasia for orchestra (1963)

Opus 7: Fantasia on three children's songs for orchestra (1963)

Opus 8: Toccata for piano and orchestra (1964)

Opus 9: "The Trial", piece for orchestra (1966)

Opus 10: "Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band)" for orchestra

Opus 11: "Estacade" for big band (1966)

Opus 12: "Aquarium-Blues" for big-band (1967)

Opus 13: Intermezzo for piano and orchestra (1968)

Opus 14: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 (1974)

Opus 15: "The Forest Story" for orchestra (1972)

Opus 16: Nocturne in G major for piano and orchestra (1972)

Opus 17: Three Pieces for orchestra (1972)

Opus 18: Four Pieces for instrumental ensemble (1973)

Opus 19: Etude for piano and orchestra (1974)

Opus 20: Nocturne for piano and orchestra (1974)

Opus 21: Minuet for big-band (1974)

Opus 22: Piece for five saxophones and orchestra (1975)

Opus 23: "Enigma" for big-band (1975)

Opus 24: March for orchestra (1975)

Opus 25: Concert Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (1976)

Opus 26: Day-Break ("Sunrise") for piano (1976)

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Opus 26A: Day-Break ("Sunrise") for orchestra (1976)

Opus 27: Fantasia for jazz quartet (1976)

Opus 28: Suite In the Old Style for piano (1977)

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Opus 29: Scherzo for piano and orchestra (1978)

Opus 30: Two-movement Concerto for orchestra (1980)

Opus 31: Elegy for orchestra (1980)

Opus 32: "The Wind from the North", piece for orchestra (1981)

Opus 33: Piece for two pianos and orchestra (1982)

Opus 34: "Meridian", piece for orchestra (1982)

Opus 35: "Closed Curve" for orchestra (1982)

Opus 36: Toccatina for piano (1983)

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Opus 37: "The Pleasant Meeting", piece for orchestra (1983)

Opus 38: "Presentiment", piece for orchestra (1983)

Opus 39: Piano Sonata No. 1 "Sonata-Fantasy" for piano (1984)

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Opus 40: Eight Concert Studies for piano (1984)

no. 1 - Prelude
No. 2 - Dream
No. 3 - Toccatina
No. 4 - Reminiscence
No. 5 - Shufka
No. 6 - Pastoral
No. 7 - Intermezzo
No. 8 - Final

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Opus 41: Variations for piano (1984)

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Opus 42: "A Rush Hour" for ensemble (1985)

Opus 43: "An April Day" for ensemble (1985)

Opus 44: "The Morning" for ensemble (1985)

Opus 45: "Motive Force" for piano (1985)

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Opus 46: "Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band)" for piano (1986)

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Opus 47: "Contemplation (Meditation)" for piano (1987)

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Opus 48: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 (1985)

Opus 49: Sinfonietta for orchestra (1987)

Opus 50: Concerto for alto-saxophone and orchestra (1987)

Opus 51: Overture for big-band (1987)

Opus 52: "Intrada", piece for big-band (1988)

Opus 53: Twenty-Four Preludes for piano (1988)

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Opus 54: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1989)

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Opus 55: Piano Sonata No. 3 (1990)
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Opus 56: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4 (1989)

Opus 57: Chamber Symphony for chamber orchestra (1990)

Opus 58: Andante for piano (1990)

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Opus 59: Ten Bagatelles for piano (1991)
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Opus 60: Piano Sonata No. 4 (1991)
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Opus 61: Piano Sonata No. 5 (1991)
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Opus 62: Piano Sonata No. 6 (1991)
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Opus 63: Sonata for cello and piano No. 1 (1991)

Opus 64: Piano Sonata No. 7 (1991)

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Opus 65: Berceuse for piano (1991)
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Opus 66: Three Impromptus for piano (1991)
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Opus 67: Three Etudes for piano (1992)
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Opus 68: Five Etudes in Different Intervals for piano (1992)
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Opus 69: Sonata for viola and piano (1992)

Opus 70: Sonata for violin and piano (1992)

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Opus 71: Capriccio for piano (1992)

Opus 72: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 (1993)

Opus 73: Ten Inventions for piano (1993)

Opus 74: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 6 (1993)

Opus 75: Humoresque for piano (1994)

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Opus 76: Concerto for double-bass and symphony orchestra (1994)

Opus 77: Piano Sonata No. 8 (1995)

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Opus 78: Piano Sonata No. 9 (1995)
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Opus 79: Piece for sextet (1995)

Opus 80: Theme and Variations for piano (1996)

Opus 81: Piano Sonata No. 10 (1996)

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Opus 82: Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues for piano (1997)
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Opus 83: Impromptu ("Improvisation") for piano (1997)
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Opus 84: Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 (1997)

Opus 85: Concerto for cello and orchestra (1997)

Opus 86: Trio for flute, cello and piano (1998)

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Opus 87: Seven Polyphonic Pieces for piano the left hand (1998)

Opus 88: String Quartet (1998)

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Opus 89: Piano Quintet (1998)
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Opus 90: Concerto for eleven instruments (1998)

Opus 91: Divertissement for two flutes, cello and piano (1998)

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Opus 92: Suite for piano (four pieces for piano) (1999)

Opus 93: Introduction and Scherzino for cello solo (1999)

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Opus 94: Ballad for piano (1999)

Opus 95: Scherzo for piano (1999)

Opus 96: Elegy for cello and piano (1999)

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Opus 97: Burlesque for cello and piano (1999)
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Opus 98: "Nearly Waltz" for cello and piano (1999)
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Opus 99: Duet for alto-saxophone and cello (1999)
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Opus 100: Sonatina for piano (2000)
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Opus 101: Piano Sonata No. 11 "Twickenham" (2000)
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Opus 102: Piano Sonata No. 12 (2001)
Dedicated to H. Takaoki.

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Opus 103: Concerto No. 2 for cello and string orchestra (2002)

Opus 104: Concert for two pianos and percussion (2002)

Opus 105: Concert for violin, piano and string orchestra (2002)

Opus 106: Suite for viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass (2002)

Opus 107: Variations on "Sweet Georgia Brown" for viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass (2002)

Opus 108: Paraphrase on the theme of Paul Dvoirin for piano (2003)

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Opus 109: “There is Something Behind That” for piano (2003)

Opus 110: Piano sonata No. 13 (2003)

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Opus 111: “Gingerbread Man” for piano (2003)

Opus 112: “End of the Rainbow” for piano (2003)

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Opus 113: “Wheel of Fortune” for piano (2003)

Opus 114: “No Stop Signs” for piano (2003)

Opus 115: Fantasia for piano (2003)

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Opus 116: Rondoletto for piano (2003)

Opus 117: “Spice Island” for piano (2003)

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Opus 118: Paraphrase on “Aquarela do Brasil” by Ary Barroso for piano (2003)
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Opus 119: “Nothing to Loose” for piano (2004)

Opus 120: Piano Sonata No. 14 (2004)

Opus 121: “Vanity of Vanities” for piano (2004)

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Opus 122: Two Etude-like Trinkets for piano (2004)
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Opus 123: Paraphrase on “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham for piano (2004)
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Opus 124: Suite for cello solo (2004)

Opus 125: Sonata for flute and piano (2004)

Opus 126: Divertissement in Four Movements for violin, cello & piano (2005)

Opus 127: Sonata No 15 (Fantasia quasi sonata) for piano solo

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Opus 128: Introduction and Rondo for piano solo (2006)

Opus 129: Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" for two pianos, four hands

Opus 130: Countermove for piano solo (2006)

Dedicated to Marc-Andre Hamelin.
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Opus 131: Piano Sonata No. 16 (2006)
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Opus 132: String Quartet No. 2 (2007)

Opus 133: Six Little Preludes for piano solo (2007)

Opus 134: Piano Sonata No. 17 (2008)

Opus 135: Piano Sonata No. 18 (2008)

Opus 136: Piano Trio for violin, cello and piano (2009)

Opus 137: Good Intention for piano solo (2009)

Opus 138: Sleight of Hand for piano solo (2009)

Opus 139: Holy Cow for piano solo (2009)

Opus 140: Freeway for piano solo (2009)

Opus 141: Violin Concerto (2009)


Thanks to Malcolm Henbury-Ballan and Peter Paulady from England, Anthony Spiri from Italia and Victor Dubiler from Russia for additional information.

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