Mshvelidze, Shalva (Mikhailovich)

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Mshvelidze, Shalva (Mikhailovich)

Mshvelidze, Shalva (Mikhailovich), Russian ethnomusicologist, teacher, and composer; b. Tiflis, May 28, 1904; d. there (Tbilisi), March 4, 1984. He studied with Bagrinovsky at the Tiflis Cons., graduating in 1930, and with Shcherbachev, Tyulin, Steinberg, and Ryazanov at the Leningrad Cons. He was made a teacher (1929) and a prof. (1942) at the Tbilisi Cons. He was a leading figure in Georgian music.


dramatic: opera:Legend of Tariel (Tbilisi, Feb. 25, 1946; rev. 1966); The Grandmaster’s Right Hand (Tbilisi, June 3, 1961); Widow of a Soldier (1967); Aluda Ketelauri (1972). other: Incidental music; film scores. orch.:4 symphonic poems: Azar (1933), Zviadauri (1940), Mindia (1949), and Youngling and Tiger (1962); 5 syms. (1943, 1944, 1952, 1968, 1974). other: Chamber music; vocal works, including 2 oratorios: Caucasiana (1949) and The Legacy of Posterity, for the centennial of Lenin’s birth (1970), and songs.


V. Donadze, S. M.(Tbilisi, 1946); A. Shaverzashvili, Fugi S. M.(Tbilisi, 1964); A. Tsulukidze, S. M. (Tbilisi, 1964).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire