Femelidi, Volodymyr Oleksandrovych
- Virko Baley
(b Odessa, 16/May 29, 1905; d Odessa, Oct 30, 1931). Ukrainian composer. He graduated from the Odessa Institute of Music and Drama in composition (under V.A. Zolotaryov and P. Molchanov) and conducting (under H. Stolyarov). An extremely gifted musician, he was also a good writer and actor. ‘He had a very great talent for composing’, recollected Shostakovich, ‘he composed quickly and very skilfully. For the most part he didn't write sketches but composed directly into score. Soviet music lost an outstanding composer’. His brief, but intense, creative life covered almost all genres and was musically significant. He achieved considerable success with the première of his first symphony, the ‘Jubilee’, on ...