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Machavariani, Alexei (Davidovich)

Machavariani, Alexei (Davidovich)

Machavariani, Alexei (Davidovich), Russian composer; b. Gory, Sept. 23,1913. He studied at the Tbilisi Cons., graduating in 1936, and then served on its faculty as a teacher of theory (1940–63) and as a prof. of composition (from 1963). He was made a People’s Artist of the U.S.S.R. in 1958. His music is profoundly infused with Caucasian melorhythms.


dramatic: opera:Deda da shvili(Mother and Son; 1944; Tbilisi, May 1, 1945); Hamlet(1964). Ballet: Otello(1957); Knight in a Tiger’s Skin(1965).orch 3 symphonic poems: Mumly Muhasa(1939), Satchidao(1940), and On the Death of a Hero(1948); Piano Concerto (1944); 2 syms. (1947, 1973); The People’s Choice, overture (1950); Violin Concerto (1949). vocal:For Peace, for Fatherland, cantata (1951); The Day of My Fatherland, oratorio (1954); many songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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