Aleksandrov, Anatoly Nikolayevich
- Galina Grigor′yeva
(b Moscow, 13/May 25, 1888; d Moscow, April 16, 1982). Russian composer. He studied with Taneyev and Vasilenko (composition) and Igumnov (piano) at the Moscow Conservatory (1910–16), where from 1923 until 1964 he was a composition professor. He was awarded the title People’s Artist of the USSR. In general his music is characterized by emotional depth and colourfulness, and by its close links with 19th-century Russian traditions. He composed in most genres, but the works for piano are among his best compositions. At first his piano style was influenced by Skryabin, Medtner and Rachmaninoff; later he developed an individual manner marked by colour and rich inventiveness. There is a particular delicacy and refinement in his songs, many of which have entered the Russian repertory. His six operas, which span his creative career, are lyrical, melodic and expressively direct with flexible and varied vocal parts. These works incorporate folk melodies and employ leitmotif technique. Among his numerous incidental scores, that for Paustovsky’s film ...