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Родион Константинович Щедрин

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Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin (Russian: Родион Константинович Щедрин; born December 16, 1932) is a Russian composer and pianist. Winner of the Lenin (1984), USSR State Prize (1972) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992). A member of the Interregional Deputy Group (1989–1991).

Shchedrin was born in Moscow into a musical family—his father was a composer and teacher of music theory. He studied at the Moscow Choral School and Moscow Conservatory (graduating in 1955) under Yuri Shaporin (composition) and Yakob Flier (piano). Since 1958, he has been married to the ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.

Shchedrin’s early music is tonal, colourfully orchestrated and often includes snatches of folk music, while some later pieces use aleatoric and serial techniques. In the west the music of Shchedrin has won popularity mainly through the work of Mstislav Rostropovich who has made several successful recordings.

Among his works are the ballets The Little Hump-backed Horse (1955), Carmen Suite (1967), based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet (the project had been turned down by both Shostakovich and Khachaturian), Anna Karenina (1971, on the novel by Leo Tolstoy), and Lady with a Lapdog (1985); the operas Not Only Love (1961), and Dead Souls (1976, after Nikolai Gogol’s novel); piano concertos, symphonies, chamber and piano music and other works. He composed 24 Preludes and Fugues after he heard those of Dmitri Shostakovich. Also remarkable is his Polyphonic Notebook.

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  • solanum

    Oops, my mistake. Shchedrin at least is already linked.

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • solanum

    Shchedrin and Schedrin should be linked to here so the anglicised versions of his name can be combined with the Russian spelling.

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • faceofanother

    oh no his name has become corrupted!

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • minimalistme

    hold on... is this Rodion Schedrin? I can only assume so from the tracks...

    23 Jan 2010 Reply