Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 20 November 1996


Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov was born 29 May 1936 in Voronezh. He began composing music when he was a nine years old boy. Some of the melodies of that childhood period proved so significant that he returned to them later as a mature composer. At fifteen, his gift of composing was found extraordinary and he was admitted to the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. Here he studied composition under Messner. On finishing the college he was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory, where he began to attend classes of Bogatyrev. His postgraduate study was under Khrennikov.
When still a student, Ovchinnikov wrote three symphonies, several symphony overtures, a symphonic poem "Festival", an overture "Russian Holiday", a rhapsody for symphony orchestra "Russian Songs" and many choral and instrumental pieces. His first symphony, performed in 1961 by the USSR Radio SO, conducted by Alexander Gauk, was a triumphal success.
Ovchinnikov was steadily progressing as composer and the range of his musical interests extended from symphonies, chorals and chamber pieces to music for films. He put much effort in creating music to the film "War and Peace" directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. He wrote eleven hours of music to this film. Today Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov is also known as a conductor. Ovchinnikov projects in his compositions heroism and optimism, philosophical profundity and meditation, lofty dramatism and piercing lyricism and subtle poetry. He observes classical traditions, but is also an original innovator in the field of melody, harmonics and new forms. His music can be characterized as neoclassic with expressionistic passages.


Born

29 May 1936 in Voronezh.

Education

At Moscow Music College (composition under Messner) and at Moscow Conservatory (under Bogatyryov). Postgraduate study under Khrennikov.

Principal Works

Five symphonies, six symphonic suites, pianoconcerto, violinconcerto, string quartets, pianoworks, overtures, symphonic poems, opera "Dawn of Bygone Youth", cantatas, oratorios, film music, choral, vocal and instrumental music.

Style

Ovchinnikov projects in his compositions heroism and optimism, philosophical profundity and meditation, lofty dramatism and piercing lyricism and subtle poetry. He observes classical traditions, but is also an original innovator in the field of melody, harmonics and new forms. His music can be characterized as neoclassic with expressionistic passages.

Works

Little Ballad, piece for chorus a capella (1955)

Vocalise for chorus in minor (1955)

LP: Melodiya C10 08025: Large Radio and TV Chorus, L. Ermakova (cond)
"Veter prines izdaleka (The Wind Has Brought From Afar)" (1955)

Suite No. 2 (1955)

LP: Melodiya CM 02827-8: Large State Radio SO, A. Ziuraitis (cond)
Piece to the Memory of Ravel (1956)
LP: Melodiya CM 02827-8: Large State Radio SO, A. Ziuraitis (cond)
Symphony No. 1 in E flat minor (1956-1957)
LP: Melodiya CM 03797-8: USSR Radio Large SO, M. Shostakovich (cond)
Suite No. 1 (1956)
LP: Melodiya CM 02827-8: Large State Radio SO, A. Ziuraitis (cond)
Symphony No. 2 in E flat minor ("Yuri Gagarin") (1956, revised 1972/73)
LP: Melodiya C10 08313-14: String Group of Moscow Radio and TV Large SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
Suite No. 3 (1957)
LP: Melodiya CM 02827-8: Large State Radio SO, A. Ziuraitis (cond)
Festival, symphonic poem (1957)
LP: Melodiya C10 25599 002: USSR TV & Radio Large SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
Fair, symphonic picture (1957)
LP: Melodiya C10 25599 002: USSR TV & Radio Large SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
"Osenneye (Autumn Dream)" (1958)

"Sergei of Radonezh", oratorio for soloist, chorus and orchestra (1958)

Chamber-Vocalise (1956-1959)

Overture "At the Russian Feast" (1960)

LP: Melodiya CM 02827-8: State Radio SO, G. Provatorov (cond)
Ballade for violin and piano (1960)
LP: Melodiya CM 02943-4: V. Danchenko (violin), I. Chernyshev (piano)
Piano Suite No. 1 (1960)

Ave Maria for violin ensemble and two harps and cello ensemble (1960)

LP: Melodiya C10 25599 002: USSR Bolshoi Theatre Violinists' Ensemble, V. Ovchinnikov, O. Basistuk (soprano)
Piano Suite No. 2 (1960)

Romance after texts by Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Maikov, Bunin and Blok (1961)

Music to the Film "Pervi Oetsitel (First Teacher)" by Andrei Kontshalovski (1962)

Music to the Film "Ivannovo Detstvo (Ivan's Youth)" by Andrei Tarkovski (1962)

Symphony No. 3 (1964)

Japanese Poem for violin and piano (1964)

Music to the Film "Andrei Roeblyov" by Andrei Tarkovski (1966)

Music to the Film "Dolgaja Stsjastlivaja Zjizn (A Long and Happy Life)" by Gennadi Shpalikov (1966)

Music to the Film "Vojna i Mir (War and Peace)" by Sergei Bondarchuk (1967)

Music to the Film "Dvoriankoje Gnezdo (The Eaglesnest)" by Andrei Kontshalovski (1969)

Suite No. 4 (1969)

LP: Melodiya C10 08025: Large Radio and TV SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
Suite No. 5 (1969)
LP: Melodiya C10 08025: Large Radio and TV SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
Waltz-Poem (1969)
LP: Melodiya C10 25599 002: USSR TV & Radio Large SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
"Metamorphoses", sonata for piano (1970)

Suite No. 6 for orchestra (1972)

LP: Melodiya CM 03797-8: USSR Radio Large SO, V. Ovchinnikov (cond)
Funeral Music for orchestra (1972)

Elegy to the Memory of Rachmaninov for soprano, chorus and orchestra (1973)

LP: Melodiya C10 25599 002: USSR TV & Radio Large SO and Chorus, V. Ovchinnikov (cond), L. Belobragina (soprano)
"Tam neba osvetlenny krai (There is a sky's illuminated edge in that place)" for chorus (1973)

Song-Ballad about the BAM Builders, cantata for bass, chorus and orchestrs after L. Vassileva (1974-1975)

LP: Melodiya C10 08313-14: Moscow Radio & TV Chorus and Large SO, I. Shpiller (cond)
"Yuri Gagarin", heroic poem for chorus and orchestra (1974)

"Sergei of Radonezh", oratorio for soloist, chorus and orchestra (second version) (1978)

"Na zare tumannoi yunosti (At Dawn of Misty Youth)", opera in 2 acts (1970-1982)

"Vremena goda (The Seasons)", oratorio (1982)

"Sergei of Radonezh", oratorio for soloist, chorus and orchestra (third version) (1985)

Children's Album for piano (1985)

Symphony No. 4 for chorus and orchestra (1986)

"Pesn pesney (Song of Songs)", ballet (1988)

Cello Concerto (1989)


Ovchinnikov composed more works. Unfortunately the year of composition of these works is unknown to me. I hope to complete these data in the near future.


Chorus from "The Call of the Bell"
LP: Melodiya C10 18099: V. Ovchinnikov (piano)
Music to the Film "They Fought for the Motherland" by Sergei Bondarchuk

Music to the Film "Steppe" by Sergei Bondarchuk

Music to the Film "War and Piece" by Sergei Bondarchuk

Music to the Film "Boris Godunov" by Sergei Bondarchuk

Music to the Film "Andrei Rublev" by Andrei Tarkovsky

Music to the Film "Ivan's Childhood" by Andrei Tarkovsky

Music to the Film "The Skating Ring and the Violin" by Andrei Tarkovsky

Music to the Film "That Sweet Word Freedom" by Vitautas Zhalakyavichus

Music to the Film "Accident" by Vitautas Zhalakyavichus

Music to the Film "The Earth" by Alexander Dovzhenko

Music to the Film "Arsenal" by Alexander Dovzhenko

Music to the Film "Zvenigora" by Alexander Dovzhenko

Piece for violin and piano in B minor

LP: Melodiya C10 08025: V. Feigin (violin), V. Dotshenko (piano)
Symphony No. 5

Violin Concerto

Piano Concerto

Fragment

Click here and you hear a fragment of Ovchinnikov's First Symphony, characterized by a fine sens of harmony and a keen interest in counterpoint. (Not yet implemented)


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