Fere, Vladimir, Russian composer and ethnomusicologist; b. Kamyshin, May 20, 1902; d. Moscow, Sept. 2, 1971. He studied piano with Goldenweiser and composition with Gliere and Miaskovsky at the Moscow Cons. (1921–29). In 1936 he went to Frunze, Kirghizia, where he composed, in collaboration with Vlasov, a number of operas based on native folk motifs, all first premiered there: Golden Girl (May 1, 1937); Not Death but Life(March 26, 1938); Moon Beauty (April 15, 1939); For People’s Happiness (May 1, 1941); Patriots (Nov. 6, 1941); Son of the People (Nov. 8, 1947); On the Shores oflssyk-Kul (Feb. 1, 1951); Totogw/ (July 6, 1958); TTze VWfc/z (1965); One Hour before Dawn (1969). He also wrote several symphonic pieces on Kirghiz themes, numerous choruses, and chamber music.
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