Karatïgin, Vyacheslav Gavrilovich
- Yelena Vladimirovna Orlova
- , revised by Iosif Genrikhovich Rayskin
(b Pavlovsk, 5/Sept 17, 1875; d Leningrad, Dec 23, 1925). Russian music critic, historian and composer. He graduated from the department of physics and mathematics at St Petersburg University in 1897, and then worked as a chemist for the naval department. However, his interest in music (which he had formed in early childhood) and his close friendship with the members of the Belyayev circle encouraged him to abandon this career in 1907 and to take up music criticism. From 1897 until 1902 he had studied composition with Nikolay Sokolov at the St Petersburg Conservatory, and by 1906 he was already publishing articles on music in various periodicals. He was one of the organizers of the Vechera Sovremennoy Muzïki (Evenings of Contemporary Music, 1910–12) and one of the founders (in 1923) of the Assotsiatsiya Sovremennoy Muzïki (Association for Contemporary Music). From 1916 until his death he lectured on music history and aesthetics at the Petrograd Conservatory, and also conducted courses in art criticism at the Institute for the History of the Arts. From ...