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Alla Vladimirovna Grigor′yeva

(b Moscow, 3/Feb 16, 1910; d Moscow, Dec 25, 1988). Russian composer, pianist and teacher. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (1936) having studied composition with Myaskovsky, with whom he remained as a postgraduate. His name is listed on a marble plaque as one of the most talented students of the Conservatory. In his early years, besides composing, Golubev was a choral conductor, pianist and on the editorial board of Muzgiz, the state music publishers. From ...

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Dorothea Redepenning

(b Sontsovka, Bakhmutsk region, Yekaterinoslav district, Ukraine, 11/April 23, 1891; d Moscow, March 5, 1953). Russian composer and pianist. He began his career as a composer while still a student, and so had a deep investment in Russian Romantic traditions – even if he was pushing those traditions to a point of exacerbation and caricature – before he began to encounter, and contribute to, various kinds of modernism in the second decade of the new century. Like many artists, he left his country directly after the October Revolution; he was the only composer to return, nearly 20 years later. His inner traditionalism, coupled with the neo-classicism he had helped invent, now made it possible for him to play a leading role in Soviet culture, to whose demands for political engagement, utility and simplicity he responded with prodigious creative energy. In his last years, however, official encouragement turned into persecution, and his musical voice understandably faltered....