Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen
Updated 3 February 2007
12 August 1932 in Leningrad.
At the Musical College of Moscow from 1943 until 1950. From 1950 Slonimsky studied at the
Leningrad Conservatory: composition under Arapov, Shebalin and Yevlakhov, polyphony under
Nicolai Uspensky and
piano under Artobolevskaya, Savshinsky and Nielsen.
Folkloristic experiences influence his compositions. Until 1970 he composed 12-tone techniques and used new forms of notations.
Later he used jazzforms and new-romantic styleforms.
Two Pieces for viola and piano (1956)
Violin Concerto (1956)
Carnival Overture for orchestra (1957)
Symphony No. 1 in F minor (1958)
"Spring Came", song cycle after japanese poets for middle-voice and piano (1958)
- LP Melodiya D 025799-800; Yansons (cond)
Suite for Viola and Piano (1959)
- Words by Japanese poets.
"Songs of Freedom", song cycle for mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano (1959)
- LP Melodiya D 15280
Sonata for violin solo(1960)
- Words from Russian folk songs.
LP Melodiya D 12669: Yansons (cond), Yureneva, Khramtsov
Chromatic Flute and Humoresque for flute (1961)
Pastorale and Toccata for organ (1961)
"Songs of the Volnices", song cycle after Russian Folk Themes for mezoo-soprano, baritone and orchestra (1961)
"Songs of Freedom", song cycle for mezzo soprano, baritone and symphony orchestra (1962)
Sonata for piano in one movement(1963)
- Based on Russian folk songs
"A Voice from the Choir", cantate after Blok for soloists, organ, chorus and orchestra (1963)
- LP Melodiya D 028429
CD Albany Records Troy 135: Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, piano
"Polish Verses", song cycle for mezzo-soprano and flute (1963)
- Words by A. Blok.
LP Melodiya C 10 08995-96
Three Pieces for cello solo (1964)
- Words by A. Slonimsky.
"Choreographic Miniatures", balletscenes after L. Jakobson (1964)
"Lyric Verses", song cycle (1964)
- Comic Scene after Picasso's Drawing "A Passing Beauty"
CD Albany Records Troy 279: Sedmara Rutstein Zakarian (piano)
"Dialogues" for wind quintet (1964)
- Words by E. Rein.
"Three Gracies", variations for piano (1964)
Music to the film "Before the Court of History" (1965)
Concerto-Buffo for chamber orchestra (1966)
"A Farewell to a Friend", vocal scene for high voice and piano (1966)
- For flute, trumpet, percussion and strings.
LP Melodiya D 021387-8: E. Serov (cond)
LP Supraphon 110 1433: Musici di Praga, E. Fischer (cond)
"Monologues" for soprano, oboe, french horn and harp (1967)
- Words from the ancient Oriental epic "Gilgamesh".
Music to the film "Shkid Republic" (1967)
- Words of ancient Oriental poets.
"Virinea", opera in seven acts (1967)
Two Russian Folk Songs for chorus a cappella (1968)
- Libretto by S. Tsenin after the novel by L. Seifullina.
First performance in 1967 in Moscow. Revised in 1976.
Music to the film "Intervention" (1968)
"Antiphones" for string quartet (1969)
Six Romances, songs (1969)
- LP Melodiya C10 07705-6
LP Melodiya A10 00601 002: Leningrad Taneyev Quartet
"Northern Landscapes" after V. Rozhdestvensky for chorus a cappella (1969)
- Lyrics by A. Akhmatova.
Chromatic Poem for Organ (1969)
- Words by V. Rozhdestvensky.
Piano Pieces for Children (1970)
"Ivan the Terrible", Russian tragedy in 13 visions with 3 epilogues and overture (1970)
"Tsar Iksion", monodical drama (1970)
- Libretto by Ya. Gordin after historical documents.
CD Ut-Re-A-La UL 96-160: (Overture) St. Petersburg Academic PO, Ravil Martynov (cond)
"Icarus", ballet in three acts (1971)
- After ancient myth and tragedy by I. Annensky. Libretto by S. Slonimsky.
"Merry Songs" for soprano, piccolo-flute, tuba and percussion (1971)
- Libretto by Y. Slonimsky after an ancient Greek myth. Revised in 1976.
First performance in 1971 in Moscow.
LP Le Chant du Monde LDX 78636-7 (2 LP-set): Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, E. Klas (cond)
LP Melodiya C10 08865-8 (2 LP-set): Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, E. Klas (cond)
Suite from the ballet "Icarus" in three movements for chorus and orchestra (1971)
- Lyrics by D. Kharms.
"Fantasy of Colours" for piano (1972)
- LP Eterna 827094: Gamalei (cond)
LP Melodiya C10 07201-2
"Chorus Plays" for children's chorus, boy soloist and two percussion instruments (1972)
"Raindrop Pieces" for Children for piano (1973)
- Words by A. Vedensky.
LP Melodiya C10 05953-54
Melody for violin and piano (1973)
"Evening-Music" for chamber chorus (1973)
Concerto for three electric guitars, solo instruments and symphony orchestra (1974)
- LP Melodiya C10 13839-40
LP Melodiya C10 09783-84: Chamber Choir, Valentin Nesterov (cond)
"Ten Poems by A. Akhmatova" for singer and piano (1974)
"Four Poems by O. Mandelstam" for singer and piano (1974)
"Dramatic Song" for orchestra (1974)
Sonatina-Allegro for horn and piano (1974)
- LP Supraphon 1110 2280: Prague SO, P. Vronsky (cond)
Monolog & Toccata for bass-clarinet and piano (1974)
"I Tell You With Last Frankness", after Mandelstam for chorus a cappella (1974)
Four Russian Songs after russian folk verses for chorus a cappella (1974)
"Festive Music" for balalaika, spoons and symphony orchestra (1975)
"Song of Songs", lyric excerpt for soprano, tenor, chamber chorus, oboe, french horn and harp (1975)
"Minstrel Songs", song cycle in ten movements for soprano, tenor, four flutes and lute (1975)
- LP Melodiya C10 11483: Nesterov (cond), Pluzhnikov, Melenteva, Novikova
Transcription of Serenade from the musical "The Street-Song" for piano (1975)
- Words by old French poets (translated by V. Dynnik and A. Naiman).
LP Melodiya C10 11483: Nesterov (cond), Pluzhnikov, Melenteva, Novikova
"A Chorus Song" for contralto, flute, oboe, trumpet, balalaika, harmonium, spoons, vibes and
three electric guitars (1975)
Solo-Expressivo for oboe (1975)
- Words traditional.
Symphonic Motet for orchestra (1976)
Chain and Fugue for organ (1976)
Oratorio suite from the opera "Virinea" for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1976)
"Exotic Suite" for two violins, two electric guitars, saxophone and percussion (1976)
- Words by S. Tsenin after the novel by L. Seifullina.
"Legend" for domra and piano (1976)
"Sapev and Interval Signal" for chamber chorus a cappella (1977)
"Quiet Flows the Don", concerto for solo singers and mixed chorus a cappella (1977)
"Chain and Merry Rumba" for piano (1977)
- Words from old Kazak songs. After the novel by M. Sholokhov.
"Bashkiric Girl's Room", songs after V. Rozhdestvensky for singer, flute and two bongos (1977)
Symphony No. 2 in three movements (1978)
Hungarian March for piano for two duets (1979)
- LP Melodiya M10 45651-4 (2 LPs): Khandyan (cond)
LP Melodiya C10 13839-40: Leningrad State Philharmonic Academic SO, G. Rozhdestvensky (cond)
Intermezzo in the memory of Brahms for piano (1980)
Four Romances for mezzo soprano and piano (1980)
"Mary Stuart", ballad opera in three acts (1980)
- Words by A. Blok.
Musica Lyrica for flute, violin and harpsichord (1981)
- Libretto by Y. Gordin after the novel by S. Zweig
LP Melodiya C10 21115 002: Kozhin (cond), Prosalovskaya, Alekseyev, Dumtsev
"Quiet Music" for flute and symphony orchestra (1981)
Novgorod dance for clarinett, trombone, violoncello, piano, percussions and magnetic tape (1981)
- LP Melodiya C10 27035 001: Leningrad Shostakovich Philharmonic Society SO, A. Lazarev (cond), A. Vavilina (flute)
"Diphiramb" for cello ensemble and piano (1982)
Symphony No. 3 in four movements (1982)
Album of Piano Pieces for Children and Youth (1982)
Symphony No. 4 in four movements (1982)
- LP Melodiya C10 27035: Leningrad Shostakovich Philharmonic Society SO, I. Gusman (cond)
Concerto Primaverile (Spring Concerto) for violin and chamber orchestra in three movements (1983)
- Words by A. Pushkin, F. Tutchev, S. Orlov, B. Okudjava, A. Chepurov, M. Dudin.
"Dhammapada Verses" for soprano, flute, harp and percussion (1983)
- LP Melodiya C10 24919: Leningrad PO, V. Ponkin (cond), S. Stadler (violin)
Four Stasims from Sophockes' "Aedipusin Colon" for mixed chorus a cappella (1983)
- Words from ancient Indian poems.
Symphony No. 5 in three movements (1983)
Symphony No. 6 (1984)
Four Romances for mezzo soprano and piano (1984)
Variations on a theme by Mussorgsky for piano (1984)
- Words by F. Tutchev.
Symphony No. 7 in five movements (1984)
Monody "On Reading Euripides" for violin solo (1984)
"Master and Margarita", chamber opera in three acts (1970-1985)
- LP Melodiya C10 24919 009: S. Stadler (violin)
Symphony No. 8 for string orchestra, trumpet and bells (1985)
- Libretto by Y. Dimitrin and V. Fialkovsky after the novel by M. Bulgakov.
Five Romances for mezzo soprano and piano (1985)
- LP Melodiya C10 24919: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, S. Sondeckis (cond)
Concerto for oboe and chamber orchestra (1985)
- Words by M. Lermontov.
Sonata for violin and piano (1986)
"Slavonic Concerto" for organ and string orchestra (1986)
Sonata for violoncello and piano (1986)
- CD Ut-Re-A-La UL 96-160: (Overture) St. Petersburg Academic PO, Ravil Martynov (cond)
Symphony No. 9 in two movements (1987)
"Rubai", five verses by Abdurakhman Djami (1987)
- LP Melodiya A10 00601: Leningrad PO, T. Mynbaev (cond)
"Nadir's Gazelles" for soprano and piano (1988)
Recitative, Aria and Burlesque for flute, piano and percussion (1990)
Six Romances on words by Mandelstam (1990)
"Hamlet" drama per musica in three acts (1990)
American Rhapsody for two pianos and harpsicord (1990)
- Libretto by Ya. Gordin and S. Slonimsky after the Shakespeare's tragedy translated by B. Pasternak.
"From 5 to 50", five notebooks of piano pieces for two and four hands for pupils of schools, colleges and conservatories (1960-1990)
"Lamento Furioso" to the Memory of Edison Denisov for clarinet, violin and piano (1991)
"Apollo and Mars", symphony for flute and harp (1991)
Symphony No. 10 "Circles of Hell" in nine movements after Dante (1992)
Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues for piano (1994)
- CD Ut-Re-A-La UL 96-160: (Overture) St. Petersburg Academic PO, Ravil Martynov (cond)
"Petersburg Visions" for orchestra (1995)
"Songs of a Failure", five cruel romances for bass, guitar, piano and percussion (1995)
"On Zhukov's Death", ballade for bass, flute, viola, trumpet, cello, piano and percussion (1995)
- Lyrics by E. Rein.
"Tavern Moscow", three songs for bass, guitar and piano (1995)
- On lyrics by I. Brodsky.
Symphonietta" in three movements (1996)
- On lyrics by Yesenin.
"Jewish Rhapsody", concerto for piano and orchestra in three movements for flute, piano, strings and percussion (1997)
"Three Poems by Alexandr Kushner" for soprano, flute and piano (1997)
- CD Russian Season 288166: Zilberquit (piano)
"Two Romances on Pushkin's Poems" (1997)
Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra (1998)
"Six Romances on Lermontov's and Derzhavin's Poems" (1998)
"Northern Ballade" to the Memory of Grieg for piano (1998)
"One day of Life", cantata for four solists, chorus and chamber ensemble (1998)
- On words "Chapter of a Thousand" from the ancient Indian book "Dhammapada" translated by Toropov.
Dedicated to Alfred Schnittke and College named after him.
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