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date: 11 November 2019

Ulïbïshev [Oulibicheff], Aleksandr Dmitryevichlocked

  • Geoffrey Norris
  •  and Edward Garden


(b Dresden, April 13, 1794; d Lukino, nr Nizhniy-Novgorod, 24 Jan/Feb 5, 1858). Russian writer on music. He was the son of the Russian ambassador at Dresden, and received his early musical education in Germany. In an autobiographical sketch he described himself as being ‘a musician since the age of seven, a passable violinist, a singer when necessary, and acquainted with the principles of composition’. In 1810 he moved to Russia and in 1812 entered the civil service. He worked as a translator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1816 and later was responsible for editing the journal Le conservateur impartial and the Journal de St Pétersbourg. After resigning from his post in 1830, he retired to his estate at Lukino.

Ulïbïshev is known principally for his articles on music, many of which were published in the Journal de St Pétersbourg, and for two important books. In ...

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