Krein, Julian (Grigorievich)

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Krein, Julian (Grigorievich)

Krein, Julian (Grigorievich), Russian composer and musicologist, son of Grigori (Abramovich) Krein; b. Moscow, March 5, 1913; d. there, May 28, 1996. He studied with his father, and wrote his first compositions at the age of 13. In 1927 he went to Paris, where he completed his studies with Dukas at the École Normale de Musique (graduated, 1932). In 1934 he returned to Moscow. He publ. several monographs (all in Moscow), including ones on Falla (1960), Debussy (1962), Ravel (1962), and his uncle Alexander (Abramovich) Krein (with N. Rogozhina; 1964). His music was inspired by both Russian and French models, resulting in works of notable lyricism and harmonic inventiveness.


orch.:Razrusheniye (Destruction), symphonic prelude (1929); Cello Concerto (1929); 3 piano concertos (1929, 1942, 1943); Vesennyaya simfoniya (Spring Symphony; 1935-59); Serenade (1943); Arkticheskaya poema, sym. (1943); Poemasimfoniya (1954); Poema for Violin and Orch. (1956); Violin Concerto (1959); Rembrandt, vocal-symphonic picture (1962–69). chambers: 4 string quartets (1925, 1927, 1936, 1943); 2 violin sonatas (1948, 1971); Flute Sonata (1957); Piano Trio (1958); Clarinet Sonata (1961); Sonata-Poema for Cello and Piano (1972). piano: 2 sonatas (1924, 1955); other pieces. vocal: Songs.


Y. Tyulin, J. K.: Ocherk zhizni i tvorchestva (J. K.: Sketch of His Life and Work; Moscow, 1971).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire