Taranov, Gleb (Pavlovich)

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Taranov, Gleb (Pavlovich)

Taranov, Gleb (Pavlovich), Ukrainian composer and teacher; b. Kiev, June 15, 1904; d. there, Jan. 25, 1989. He studied composition with Mikhail Chernov at the Petrograd Cons. (1917-19) and composition with Gliere and Liatoshinsky and conducting with Blumenfield and Malko at the Kiev Cons. (1920-25). He served on the faculty of the Kiev Cons. (1925-41; 1944-74). In 1957 he was named Honored National Artist of the Ukraine. His works were cast in the accepted Soviet mold, with emphasis on the celebration of historical events..


dramatic: Opera: The Battle on the Ice, depicting the victory of Alexander Nevsky over the Teutonic Knights at Lake Peipus on April 5, 1242 (1943; rev. 1979). ORCH.: Concerto Grosso (1936; rev. 1976); 9 syms. (1943; 1947; 1949, for Orch. of Native Instruments; 1957; Antifascism, 1963; “In Memory of Prokofiev” for Strings, 1964; Heroic, 1967; Shushenskaya, 1969; The Banner of Victory, 1974); 5 suites (1950, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1965); 2 symphonic poems: David Guramishvili (1953) and Fire in the Hangar (1958); The 1st in Outer Space, scherzo-poem (1961); Overture to Memory (1965); New Express (1977). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1929, 1945); Enthusiastic Sextet for Piano and Strings (1945); Woodwind Quintet (1959); works for Solo Instruments. VOCAL: Choruses; songs.


M. Mikhailov, G.P. T. (Kiev, 1963); S. Miroshnichenko, G. T. (Kiev, 1976).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire