Artyomov, Viacheslav (Petrovich)

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Artyomov, Viacheslav (Petrovich)

Artyomov, Viacheslav (Petrovich), Russian composer; b. Moscow, June 29, 1940. He studied composition with Pirumov at the Moscow Music School (1958–62) and then at the Moscow Cons, with Sidelnikov, graduating in 1968. Together with Gubaidulina and Suslin, he formed the folk-instrument improvisatory group Astrea in 1975. In his compositions, he applies euphonious dissonances over the basic lines of simulated Russian folk modalities, with asymmetrical rhythms in spasmodically lyric melos.


String Quartet (1960); 3 pieces for String Quartet (1960); Piano Concerto (1961); Chamber Suite for Wind Quintet (1966); 2 clarinet sonatas (1966, 1971); Northern Songs for Mezzo-soprano, Percussion, and Piano (1966); Jubilee Overture (1967); Concerto 13 for Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble (1967); Violin Concerto (1968); Tempo constante for Orch. (1970); Accordion Concerto (1971); Variations for Flute and Piano (1974); Capriccio for 1975 for Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, and Vibraphone (1975); Totem for Percussion Ensemble (1976); Recitations for Various Solo Instruments (1976–80); Elegiac Symphony for 2 Violins, Percussion, and Strings (1977); Awakening for 2 Violins (1978); The Road to Olympus for Orch. (1978; Moscow, Oct. 11, 1979); Invocations for Soprano and Percussion (1979–80); Sola Fide, ballet (1985–87); Requiem for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1985–88); Ave Maria for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1989).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire