Alexandrov, Anatoli, eminent Russian pianist, teacher, and composer; b. Moscow, May 25, 1888; d. there, April 16, 1982. He studied with Taneyev at the Moscow Cons. (1907–10); also studied composition there with Vasilenko and piano with Igumnov, graduating in 1916; subsequently was a prof. there (from 1923). He composed mainly for piano, including 14 sonatas (1914–71), but he also composed 2 operas, Bela (Moscow, Dec. 10, 1946) and Wild Bara (Moscow, March 2, 1957), as well as incidental music for plays. Other works include 4 string quartets (1914–53), Classical Suite for Orch. (1926), Dithyramb for Double Bass and Piano (1959), Sym. No. 1 (1965), and several song cycles. In his style of composition, he followed the main lines of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.
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