Nikolai Andreevich Roslavetz

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 23 July 2012


Born

4 January 1881 in Dushatino (Bryansk district). Died: 23 August 1944 in Moscow.

Education

Roslavetz started studying violin and elementary theory at a musical college in Kursk. He entered the conservatory of Moscow in 1902, where he attended classes in violin, theory and composition. In 1912 he graduated from the composition class of S. Vasilenko.

Style

Roslavetz build up a world of sounds in an organized manner through the concept of synthetic chords. He has been influenced by Scriabin and his music shows a resemblance to Schonberg's music. Now he is recognized as one of the important pioneers in the evolution of non-tonal serial music.

Works

Reverie for orchestra (1907)

Symphony for orchestra (1910)

String Quartet in F major (1910)

"Dances of White Girls" for cello and piano (1912)

Unpublished
"Heaven and Earth", cantata after Byron for chorus and orchestra (1912)
Unpublished
"In the Hour of the New Moon, symphonic poem (1912-1913)
CD Hyperion CDA 67484: BBC SCottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)
CD Wergo WER 6207-2: Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrucken, Heinz Holliger (conductor)
"Nocturne". quintet for oboe, harp, two violins and cello (1913)

String Quartet No. 1 (1913)

Arte Nova 74321 48722 2: Novosibirsk Filarmonica String Quartet
Three Compositions, songs after V. Briusov and Blok (1913)

"Mournful Landscapes" after Verlaine for singer and piano (1913)

Four Compositions after I. Severianin, K. Bolschakov, D. Burliuk and W. Gnedov (1913-1914)

Violin Sonata No. 1 (1913-1914)

CD Naxos 8.557903: Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)
CD Olympia OCD 558: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
Three Compositions for piano (1914)
1. Adagio nobilissimo
2. Agitato con passione
3. Allegretto grazioso

CD GM Recordings GM 2040: Sarah Rothenberg (piano)
CD HatArt CD 6157: Steffen Schleiermacher (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 1 (1914)
CD Hyperion: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Three Etudes for piano (1914)
CD Hyperion: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
CD Marquis 81415: Anya Alexeyev (piano)
Music for string quartet (1914)
1. Scherzo; 2. Adagio
String Quartet No. 2 (1915)
Unpublished
"Polet" after Kamenski for singer and piano (1915)

"Harlequin's Little Song" after E. Guro for singer and piano (1915)

Official Letter to Siberia to the Decabrists after Pushkin for singer and piano (1915)

"The Fiery Circle" (Songs of the Past) after Sologub for singer and piano (1920)

Lyric Poem for violin and piano (1915)

CD Olympia OCD 559: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
Poem for violin and piano (1915)
CD Naxos 8.557903: Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)
Two Compositions for piano (1915)
1. Quasi Prelude
2. Quasi Poeme
Preludium for piano (1915)
CD GM Recordings GM 2040: Sarah Rothenberg (piano)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1916)
CD Hyperion: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
CD Marquis 81415: Anya Alexeyev (piano)
Violin Sonata No. 2 (1917)
CD Olympia OCD 558: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
Violin Sonata No. 3 (1918-1919)
Unpublished
Violin Sonata No. 4 (1920)
CD Naxos 8.557903: Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)
CD Olympia OCD 558: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
String Quartet No. 3 (1920)
Arte Nova 74321 48722 2: Novosibirsk Filarmonica String Quartet
"Legende" for violin and piano (1920)
Unpublished

CD Naxos 8.557903: Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)

Piano Trio No. 1 (1920)
Unpublished
Two Poems for piano (1920)
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato

CD HatArt CD 6157: Steffen Schleiermacher (piano)
CD Hyperion: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
CD Marquis 81415: Anya Alexeyev (piano)

Piano Trio No. 2 (1920)
Unpublished
Apex 2564 69324-4: Trio Fontenay
Piano Trio No. 3 (1921)
Apex 2564 69324-4: Trio Fontenay
Doron Music DRC 3023: Hans Egidi (violin), Pascal Desarzens (cello), Daniel Fuchs (piano)
Largo CDC 7243 5 56618 2: Clementi Trio: Daniel Spektor (violin), Manuel Gerstner (cello), Deborah Richards (piano)
Cello Sonata No. 1 (1921)
CD Orfeo C 249-921: Boris Pergamenshikov (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
"Meditation" for cello and piano (1921)
CD Orfeo C 249-921: Boris Pergamenshikov (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
CD GM Recordings GM 2063: Karen Kadaverek (cello), R. Hodgkinson (piano)
Chambersymphony (1921)

"The Man and the Sea", symphonic poem after Beaudelaire (1921)

Unpublished.
Five Preludes for piano (1919-1922)
1. Andante affettuoso
2. Allegretto con moto
3. Lento
4. Lento
5. Lento - Rubato

CD GM Recordings GM 2040: Sarah Rothenberg (piano)
CD Marquis 81415: Anya Alexeyev (piano)

Symphony No. 1 (1922)
Unfinished, unpublished
Symphony No. 2 (1922)
Unfinished, unpublished.
"The End of the World", symphonic poem after Laforge (1922)
Unpublished.
Cello Sonata No. 2 (1922)

Tot the Memory of A. Blok after Pavlovich for singer and piano (1922)

"Give and Give still more" after Mayakowski for singer and piano (1923)

Three Dances for violin and piano (1921-1923)

1. Walz
2. Nocturne
3. Mazurka

CD Naxos 8.557903: Solomia Soroka (violin), Arthur Greene (piano)
CD Olympia OCD 559: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 5 (1923)
CD GM Recordings GM 2040: Sarah Rothenberg (piano)
CD Hyperion: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hymne of the Soviet Militia for orchestra (192?)

"Song of the Female Cleaner" (from the songcycle "Poems of the Workers") for singer and piano (1924)

"Song of the Engineers" (from the songcycle "Poems of the Workers") for singer and piano (1924)

"The Blacksmith" (from the songcycle "Revolutionary Songs") for singer and piano (1924)

"Revolt" after Verhaeren (from the songcycle "Revolutionary Songs") for singer and piano (1924)

Reply to Pushkin's Official Letter to Siberia after Odoyevski for singer and piano (1924)

"To the First of May" after Oreshin (from the songcycle "Revolutionary Songs") for singer and piano (1924)

"The Tobaccoplant" after Prishelts for singer and piano (1925)

"The Last Miracle" after Andreyev (from the cycle "Songs of the Year 1905") for singer and piano (1925)

"The Rounds of Fire Have Been Silenced" after Tarasov (from the cycle "Songs of the Year 1905") for singer and piano (1925)

"Mother and Son" after Galiyana (from the cycle "Songs of the Year 1905") for singer and piano (1925)

"The Weavers" after Litovski (from the songcycle "Poems of the Workers") for singer and piano (1925)

"The Sewing-Woman" after Korenev (from the songcycle "Poems of the Workers") for singer and piano (1925)

"Skates" after Shiryayev for singer and piano (1925)

"Knock at the Door" after Utkin for singer and piano (1925)

"Leave the Woman" after Drushinin for singer and piano (1925)

Violinkonzert No. 1 (1925)

First performance in 1989 in Moscow.

CD Wergo WER 6207-2: Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrucken, Heinz Holliger (conductor), Tatiana Grindenko (violin)

"From the Fields" after Oreshin (from the songcycle "Revolutionary Songs") for mixed chorus (1925)

"The Red Banner Song" after Bogdanov (from the songcycle "Songs of the Female Workers and the Female Farmers") for four-voice female chorus (1925)

"The Turner" after Tverdi (from the songcycle "Poems of the Workers") for chorus (1926)

"Workers Palace" after Pomorski for mixed chorus (1926)

"The Drum" for two-voice chorus, balalaika and piano (1926)

Sonata for viola and piano No. 1 (1926)

Completed by Raskatov
"October", cantata after S. Rodov for chorus and orchestra (1926)

"Epitaph for Three Trumpets", cycle in five parts after Alexandrovski, Kirillov and Obradovich for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1926)

Hymne of the Soviet Workers and Farmers Militia after Wiatich-Berioznich for wind orchestra or chorus and orchestra ad lib. (1926)

Piano Trio No. 4 (1927)

Apex 2564 69324-4: Trio Fontenay "Komsomolia", symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra (1928)

Violin Sonata No. 5 (1928-1929)

Unpublished
"Legend" for violin and piano (1930)
Unpublished. Revised by P. Teplov, a disciple of Roslavetz in 1941
Sonata for viola and piano No. 2 (1930)
Completed by Raskatov
String Quartet No. 4 (1929-1931)
Unpublished
Uzbekistan, symphonic poem (1931)

Violinkonzert No. 2 (193?)

Turkmenian String Quartet (1932)

Chamber Symphony for eighteen instruments (1934-1935)

CD Hyperion CDA 67484: BBC SCottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)
Pieces for violin and piano (1935)

Nocturne for violin and piano (1935)

CD Olympia OCD 559: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
Violin Sonata No. 6 (1940)
CD Olympia OCD 558: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)
String Quartet No. 5 (1942)

Twenty-Four Preludes for violin and piano (1941-1942)

Unpublished

CD Olympia OCD 559: Mark Lubotsky (violin), Julia Bochkovskaya (piano)

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