Shamo, Igor, talented Ukrainian composer; b. Kiev, Feb. 21, 1925; d. there, Aug. 17, 1982. He studied medicine in Kiev, and after World War II, studied composition with Liatoshinsky at the Kiev Cons., graduating in 1951. Many of his works, numbering some 200, used native instruments such as the bayan and the bandura, and the lyrics extolled Soviet youth and the Soviet system. In 1975 he received the Shevchenko State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR and became a National Artist of the Ukraine.
DRAMATIC: Film scores. ORCH .: Symphonic Dances (1949); Piano Concerto (1951); Festival Suite (1954); Moldavian Poem—Rad o diya (1956); 3 syms. (1964, 1968, 1975); Komsomol Overture (1967); Theatrical Kaleidoscope (1968); Evening Music (1971); Morning Music (1975); Flute Concerto (1975); Concerto for Bayan and Strings (1980); Sinfonietta-Concerto for Chamber Orch. (1980). chamber: Piano Trio (1947); 5 string quartets (1955–80); Piano Quintet (1958); piano pieces. vocal: Lenin, cantata-oratorio (1980); choruses.
L. Efremova, I. S.(Moscow, 1958).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire