Arapov, Boris Alexandrovich
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(b St Petersburg, Sept 12, 1905; d St Petersburg, Jan 27, 1992). Russian composer and teacher. He received his first music lessons as a child from his mother in Poltava, and later with the pianist Zaytseva-Zhukovich. He began composing at the age of nine. In 1921 he moved to Petrograd, where he studied the piano with Mariya Yudina and Samara Savshinsky; because of an injury to his hand he gave up his career as a pianist and in 1923 entered the Petrograd Conservatory where he studied composition with Shcherbachyov and M.M. Chernov. He then taught music theory at the Central Music School (1927–32) and at the State Institute of Art History (1929–30). In 1930 he started teaching at the Leningrad Conservatory, becoming professor in 1940, deputy director in 1945–6 and dean of the orchestral department in 1950. Among his students are B.I. Arkhimandritov, G.A. Armenian, Yu.A. Balkashin, G.I. Firtich, N.M. Shakhmatov, I.I. Schwartz, S.M. Slonimsky, D.A. Tolstoy and V.A. Uspensky....