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Lobanov, Vassily

Lobanov, Vassily

Lobanov, Vassily, Russian composer and pianist; b. Moscow, Jan. 2,1947. He studied piano with Naumov and composition with Balasanyan and Schnittke at the Moscow Cons. (1963–71). After 1976 piano performing became increasingly important, and he subsequently appeared in touring recitals with such major Russian instrumentalists as Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, and Ivan Monighetti. In 1985 he played a joint program of modern music with Richter in Tours, France. In 1997 he joined the piano faculty at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. His compositions, often dark and written mostly in traditional forms, merge the aura of Shostakovich with thoroughly contemporary harmonies and techniques.


dramatic: Opera: Antigone, after Sophocles (1983–85); Father Sergius, after Tolstoy (1990–95). orch.: Double Concerto for Cello, Piano, and Orch. (1969); Krasnojarskie Pesni (1976); 2 syms.: No. 1 for 4 Flutes, Trumpet, Percussion, and Strings (1977) and No. 2 (1981); Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano, and Orch. (1978); 2 piano concertos (1981, 1993); Cello Concerto (1984–85); Aria for Violin and String Orch. (1986); Sinfonietta for Chamber Orch. (1986); 2 viola concertos (1989, 1998); Double Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, and Chamber Orch. (1995); Concerto for Trumpet, Percussion, and Strings (1997). chamber: Sonata for Solo Cello (1963); 1 unnumbered string quartet (1964); 5 numbered string quartets (1965; 1968; 1978; 1987–88; 1986–88); Piano Trio (1967); 2 cello sonatas (1971, 1989); 2 violin sonatas (1973, 1975); Sonata for Solo Flute (1974); 7 Pieces for Cello and Piano (1978); Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1979); Variations for 2 Trumpets (1979); Adagio for Piano Trio (1980); Flute Sonata (1983); Ode to the Wind for Violin and Piano (1984); Clarinet Sonata (1985); Exorcism for Clarinet and Piano (1988); Sonata in 6 Fragments for Violin and Piano (1989); Viola Sonata (1990); Fantasy for Horn and Piano (1991); Piano Quintet (1991); Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (1992); Offertorium for Piano Quartet and Percussion (1995); Piano Quartet (1996); String Trio (1996); Clarinet Quintet (1999). p i a n o : 6 Preludes (1964); 24 Preludes (1964–65); Sonatina (1966); Plato for 2 Pianos (1972); 2 sonatas (1973,1980); Ode to Grass (1982); 2 Preludes (1986); 3 Fragments (1989); 6 Prayers (1994–97). vocal:Autumn, 3 haikus for Mezzosoprano, Oboe, and Viola (1964); Lieutenant Schmidt, oratorio for Soprano, Bass, Chorus, and Orch., after Pasternak (1979); God-Nightingale, cantata for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble (1991).

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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