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Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky

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Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky also referred to as Dmitry or Dmitri Bortnyansky (28 October 1751 – 10 October 1825) was a Ukrainian composer, who became famous in Imperial Russia.

He was one of the “Golden Three” of his era, along with Artemy Vedel and Maksym Berezovsky. Bortniansky composed in many different musical styles, including choral compositions in French, Italian, Latin, German, Old Church Slavonic and Russian.

Dmitry Bortniansky was born on 28 October 1751 in the city of Hlukhiv (present-day Ukraine), then a part of the autonomous Cossack Hetmanate within the Russian Empire (as Glukhov). At the age of seven, his prodigious talent at the local church choir afforded him the opportunity to go the capital of the empire and sing with the Imperial Chapel Choir in St. Petersburg. There he studied music and composition under the director of the Imperial Chapel Choir, the Italian master Baldassare Galuppi. When Galuppi left for Italy in 1769, he took the boy with him. In Italy, Bortniansky gained considerable success composing operas: Creonte (1776) and Alcide (1778) in Venice, and Quinto Fabio (1779) at Modena. He also composed sacred works in Latin and German, both a cappella and with orchestral accompaniment (including an Ave Maria for two voices and orchestra).

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