Klenovsky, Nikolay Semyonovich
- David Brown
(b Odessa, 1857; d Petrograd, 23 June/July 6, 1915). Russian conductor and composer. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1879, having studied composition with Tchaikovsky and the violin with Ivan Hřimalý. In the same year he assisted Nikolay Rubinstein in preparing the première of Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin. Besides directing the Moscow University orchestra, Klenovsky was a conductor at the Bol′shoy Theatre in Moscow (1883–93). He also composed much incidental music for plays at the Malïy Theatre. In 1893 he moved to Tbilisi where, besides conducting the town’s symphony concerts and taking charge of the local branch of the Russian Musical Society, he was able to develop further his interests in folk music. He had already been associated with Yuly Mel′gunov in harmonizing folksongs, and in 1895 he issued his own anthology, Etnograficheskiy kontsert: sbornik pesen russkikh i inorodcheskikh [An ethnographical concert: a collection of songs of the Russians and other peoples of the Empire] (reprinted in Moscow, ...