Sokal′s′ky, Petro Petrovych
- Jennifer Spencer
(b Kharkiv, 14/Sept 26, 1832; d Odessa, 30 March/April 11, 1887). Ukrainian composer, critic and folksong collector. His early interest in science and music was encouraged by his family, for his father was a professor of economic science and his grandfather had been a conductor. Sokal′s′ky originally intended to make a career as a scientist: in 1852 he graduated in natural sciences from Kharkiv University, and gained the degree of Master of Chemistry three years later. He was then a secondary school teacher, before going to New York in 1857 as secretary to the Russian consulate. Returning to Russia in 1859 he turned to journalism, writing (often under the pen name Fagot) articles on science and economics for the Moskovskiye vedomosti, the St Petersburg Golos and the Odessa press; he also wrote often outspoken but perceptive reviews of concerts and new music, edited the ...