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Biography

Evgeny Tikotsky (December 1893, Petersburg –1970, Minsk) was a Belarusan composer. Tikotski began playing the piano at the age of eight, in 1908 he entered the School of Music, which he finished in 1912. After completing his secondary education, he studied for three years in the St. Petersburg Institue for Psychological and Neurological Research (1911-1914) and also in the Arts Faculty of the University, from which he did not graduate.

During the first World War, he served as a company commander on the Russo-German front, and, although wounded by a heavy shell splinter, he remained at his post and took part in General Brussilov’s offensive in 1916. Following his demobilization in 1917, he returned to St. Petersburg for a short while and began studying at the Institute for Geography, but in 1918 he resumed military services and spent six years in the ranks of the Red Army on staff work, which he combined wth the study of music and composition. During that period, he wrote Red Army songs and choruses as well as variety songs for clubs.

From 1920 onwards, he army unit was stationed in Babrujsk, Belarus, and his first acquaintance with Belarusan national music dates back to those days. He studied and noted the score of popular songs, of which he wrote arrangements.

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