Andrei Petrov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 30 March 2006


Born

2 September 1930 in Leningrad. Died on 15 February 2006 in St. Petersburg.

Education

At Leningrad Music College from 1945-1949; at Leningrad Conservatory from 1949-1954 (composition under Evlakhov).

Principal Works

Incidental and film music, vocal music, opera, three ballets, violinconcerto, pianoconcerto, symphonic poem, overture and three suites.

Style

Petrov's music is programmatic. He uses unexpected contrasts, orchestral effects and polytonal interferences. His compositions are influenced by the tradition of Russian Classics.

Works

"On Peace" for singer and orchestra (1951)

Three Romances, songs by C. and M. Karim (1952)

"Radda and Loiko", symphonic poem for full symphony orchestra (1954)

After “Makar Chudra” by M. Gorky.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,2 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – harp – strings.
LP Melodiya D 3204-5: Leningrad PO, A. Yansons (cond)
Festive Overture for symphony orchestra (1955)
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – harp – strings.
"The Station Master", ballet in one acts (1955)
Libretto by Yu. Zavodchikova after A. Pushkin`s story.
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,3,1 –kettledrums, perc, chime-bells – harp – strings.
Simple Songs vocal cycle for soprano, bass and piano (1956-1957)
Verses by G. Rodari.
Translation by S. Marshak.
"The Last Night", romantic poem after V. Asarov for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (1957)

"Death of the Pioneer Girl", vocal-symphonic poem for soprano, mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra (1958)

Text by E. Bagritsky.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, bells, – cel, harp, pf – strings.
"The Shore of Hope", ballet-poem in three acts (1957-1959)
Libretto by Yu. Slonimsky.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 –kettledrums, perc, chime-bells –cel, pf, 2 harps – strings.
LP Melodiya D 022043-4: Leningrad PO, E. Serov (cond)
Suite from the ballet "The Shore of Hope" for symphony orchestra (1959)
1. The Sea
2. Joyful Dance
3. Adagio
4. The Dance of Foreign Fishermen
5. Nocturne
6. The Storm
7. The Shore of Hope
Orchestra: 3,3,4,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – cel, pf, 2 harps – strings.
"There Lived Three Students", musical comedy in two acts after A. Kuznezov and T. Shtain (1960)

Five Merry Songs for Children for soprano and piano (1960)

Verses by G. Rodari, S. Mikhalkov, S. Marshak, L. Albirt and E. Serova
"Songs of Our Days", symphonic cycle in nine parts for orchestra (1964)
:Epigraphs from verses by V. Mayakovsky, V. Lugovskoy, A. Prokofiev, E. Miezelaitis, A. Tvardovsky, R. Gamzatov, R. Rozhdestvensky and M. Svetlov.
Parts:
1. Introduction
2. About Storms
3. About Spring
4. About Holidays
5. About The War
6. About the killed ones
7. About the Childhood
8. About the Revolution
9. Conclusion
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – cel, pf, 2 harps – strings.
LP Melodiya D 22041-2: Leningrad PO, A. Yansons (cond)
"To the Memory of the Death During the Blockade of Leningrad", poem for organ, strings, four trumpets, two pianos and percussion (1966)
LP Melodiya D 022041-2: Leningrad PO, A. Yansons (cond)
"We Want To Dance" ("In the Rhythm of a Heart"), musical in two acts (1966-1967)
Libretto: V. Konstantinov and B. Razer.
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 2,2,2,2 – kettledrums, perc – harp – strings.
"The Creation of the World", ballet in three acts after drawings of F. Effel (1968-1970)
Libretto by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilyov after J. Effel’s pictures.
Orchestra: 4,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, xyl, chime-bells, bells – harp, harpsichord – strings; children’s chorus.
LP Melodiya CM 02917-18: Leningrad State Philharmonic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)/ Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, E. Serov (cond)
LP Melodiya C10 14129-30: Leningrad State Philharmonic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)/ Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, E. Serov (cond)
Suite No. 1 from the ballet "The Creation of the World" for symphony orchestra (1968)
In four movements:
1. “Chaos and the Devil”
2. “Angels’ Round Dance”
3. “Adam and Eve”
4. “Creation of the World”
Orchestra: 4,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – child piping – pf, accordion, harp, harpsichord –strings; the chorus: 10 to 20 boys.
LP HMV-Melodiya ASD 3447: Leningrad State Philharmonic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
CD Talento 1419968: State Academic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
Suite No. 2 from the ballet "The Creation of the World" for symphony orchestra (1969)
In four movements:
1. “The Day and the Night”
2. “The Exile out of the Paradise”
3. “Ave Eve”
4. “The End of the World and the Epilogue”
Orchestra: 4,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – pf, harpsichord –strings; the chorus: 10 to 20 boys.
“Gypsy Rhapsody” for violin and piano (1969)

Pathetic Poem after various Russian poets for high bass, two pianos and percussion (1969)

In six parts.
Verses by I. Selvinsky, N. Aseev, V. Bryusov, B. Pasternak, A. Voznesensky, V. Mayakovsky and L. Martynov.
Hymn on Lenin after M. Dudin for solovoices, chorus and orchestra (1970)

Ouverture to the documentary film “The Taming of Fire” for symphony orchestra (1973)

"Peter I, the Great", oratorio for solovoices, chorus and orchestra (1972-1973)

Text by N. Kassatkina and V. Vassilyov after original texts of historic documents and ancient folk songs.
In four movements.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, chime-bells, bells – xyl, pf, harp – strings; bass, chorus.
"Peter I, the Great", musical-dramatic frescoes, opera in three acts (1973-1975)
Libretto by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilyov with the use of historic documents and folk texts.
Orchestra: 3.3.4.3. – 4.4.3.1. – kettledrums, perc, chime-bells, bells, xyl –cel, harp, pf, harpsichord – strings; stage brass band.
LP Melodiya C10 15255-60: Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
Suite No. 3 from the ballet "The Creation of the World" for small symphony orchestra (1975)
In four movements:
1. Creation of Adam
2. The Devil and the Witch
3. Merry Chase
4. Creation of Eve
Orchestra: 2,2,2,2 – 2 French horns, 2 trumpets – perc (1 performer) – pf (harpsichord) – strings.
"I Praise the Revolution", cantata after M. Dudin for narrator, solovoices, chorus and orchestra (1977)

"Pushkin", vocal-poetic symphony for narrator, mezzo soprano, mixed chorus, two harps and symphony orchestra (1977-1978)

In six movements.
Texts by Alexander Pushkin and Russian folk songs written down by the poet.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc –pf, harpsichord – strings.
"Pushkin, Thoughts on a Poet", ballet in two parts (1978)
With participation of a reciter, mezzo soprano and mixed chorus.
Libretto by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilyov after Alexander Pushkin and texts of folk songs.
Orchestra: 4,3,4,3 – 4,4,3,1 – perc – 2 harps, harpsichord, cel, pf – strings.
Concerto for violin and orchestra (1980-1983)
In three movements.
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,2,1 – kettledrums, perc – cel, harp – strings.
LP Melodiya C10 26971: USSR TV and Radio Large SO, P. Kogan (cond), M. Vengerov (violin)
CD Talento 1419968: State Academic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond), S. Stadler (violin)
"Mayaskovsky Comes into Existence", opera in two acts (1983)
Opera in two acts, ten scenes.
Libretto by M. Rozovsky.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – perc, bells, – cel, harp, harpsichord – strings.
LP Melodiya C10 22611-16: Leningrad Academic Theatre Opera and Ballet Chorus and orchestra, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
Music to the Film "Horrible Romance" (1984)

"The Master and Margarita", symphonic phantasy after Bulgakov (1984-1985)

After M. Bulgakov’s novel.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – organ, pf, harp – strings.
LP Melodiya C10 26971: USSR TV and Radio Large SO, P. Kogan (cond)
Suite from the opera "Mayaskovsky Comes into Existence" for bass and symphony orchestra (1985)
Verses by V. Mayakovsky.
In five movements.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc –pf, harp – strings.
"Memoria" for violin and instrumental ensemble (1987)
To the memory of Boris Gutnikov.
Orchestra: 1,1,1,1 – French horn – strings (3,2,1,1,1).
“The Master and Margarita”, ballet in one act (1987)
Libretto by B. Eifman after M. Bulgakov’s novel.
Concertino buffa for chamber orchestra (1987)
Orchestra: 1,1,1,1 – 2 French horns – perc (1 performer) – pf – strings (3,2,1,1,1).
Romantic Variations for chamber orchestra (1988-1989)
Orchestra: 2,2,2,2 – 2 French horns, 2 trumpets – perc (1 performer) – strings.
"Russia of the Bells", symphonic variations on a theme of Mussorgsky (1990)
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, chime-bells, bells – cel, harp – strings.
LP Melodiya: State Academic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
CD Talento 1419968: State Academic SO, Y. Temirkanov (cond)
“Russian Capriccio” for full wind orchestra (1990)

Concerto for piano and orchestra (1990)

Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – strings.
LP Melodiya C10 18145-6: Georgian TV and Radio SO, E. Khagba (cond), A. Otrba (piano)
Concerto for trumpet and orchestra (1990)
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – harp – strings.
Symphony No. 1 (1992)
On themes of Protestant Hymns.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – chime-bells, – xyl, harp – strings.
Symphony No. 2 with mezzo soprano solo (1992)
On themes of Protestant Hymns.
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – chime-bells, – xyl, harp – strings.
Quartet for strings (1993)
In six movements.
"Memory", rock-ballet
Symphony Orchestra, A. Korneyev (cond), B. Petrov (synthesizer), Y. Bogdanov
“The Time of Christ”, symphony with chorus and mezzo soprano solo (1995)
In six movements:
1. Rise
2. Mary Magdalene
3. Christ’s riding into Jerusalem
4. Pilate’s Justice
5. Calvary
6. Hallelujah
Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – chime-bells, – harpsichord, pf, harp – strings.
“Vivat, Olympus”, overture for symphony orchestra (1996)
Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc –strings.
Music to the Play “Hole” (1997)

“I am walking along Broadway” for double bass and piano (1998)

“Blue Bird”, overture-fantasy for symphony orchestra (1999)

Orchestra: 3,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, chime-bells, xyl – harp – strings.
“Radiant Saint-Petersburg”, music for orchestra (2000)
In two movements:
1. Waltz
2. March
Orchestra: 4,3,3,3 – 4,4,3,1 – kettledrums, perc, chime-bells, xyl – cel, harp – strings.
Music to the Play “Jester Balakirev” (2001)

String Quartet No.2 “Ex profundis memoriae” (2002)

“Street Melodies dressed in Tuxedos”, symphonic transcriptions of melodies from films for orchestra (2002)

Orchestra: 3,2,2,2 – 4,3,3,1 – kettledrums, perc – pf –strings.
Music to Films
“Man-Amphibian”
“The Way to Moorage”
“Walking around Moscow”
“Two Sundays”
“Hare”
“Thirty Three”
“Beware of a Car”
“Favorable Wind to You”
“Blue Bird”
“Zigzag of Luck”
“Very Old Tale”
“Attention! The Turtle”
“The Taming of Fire”
“White Bim – Black Ear”
“Office Love Story”
“Autumn Marathon”
“Garage”
“Rail-way Station for Two”
“Say a Kind Word about a Pour Hussar”
“Cruel Romance”
“Petersburg Secrets” (Composed with Olga Petrova)
“European History”
“Old Jades”
“Khrustalev, bring the car!”
“Prince Alexey”
LP Melodiya C60 26404: Leningrad Concert Orchestra, A. Badchena (cond)
Music to Plays
“Running over Waves”
“Romeo and Juliet”
“Hamlet”
“Othello”
“Green Grass-Hopper”
“Life of Saint-Exupery”
“The Boldin Autumn”
“Justice – is my Job”
“Legend about Till Eulenspiegel”
“Cherry Orchand”
“Three Sisters”
“Conversations with Socrates”

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