Brusilovsky, Evgeni (Grigorievich)

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Brusilovsky, Evgeni (Grigorievich)

Brusilovsky, Evgeni (Grigorievich), Russian composer and pedagogue; b. Rostov-na-Donu, Nov. 12, 1905; d. Moscow, May 9, 1981. He studied composition with Maximilian Steinberg at the Leningrad Cons., graduating in 1931. In 1933 he was commissioned by the Leningrad Union of Composers to go to Kazakhstan to promote music education there and to help native composers write music based on their own ethnic sources. Brusilovsky taught at the Alma-Ata Cons, of Music. He wrote a number of works making use of native motifs; particularly notable are his operas on folk subjects.


DRAMATIC : Opera(all first perf. in Alma-Ata): Kyz-Zhybek (1934); Zhalbyr (1935; 2nd version, 1938; 3rdversion, 1946); Er-Targyn (1937; 2nd version, 1954); Ayman-Sholpan (1938); Altyn Styk (1940); Guard, Alga! (1942); Amangeldy (1945); Dudaray (1953); The Inheritors (1963). ballet:Bayan-Slu (1971). orch.: 8 syms. (1931, 1932, 1944, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1972); Piano Concerto (1948); Trumpet Concerto (1967); Viola Concerto (1969). chamber: 2 string quartets (1944, 1952); piano pieces; educational studies for various instruments. vocal: Numerous choruses and songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire