Vyschnegradsky [Vïshnegradsky], Ivan (Aleksandrovich)
- Pascale Criton
(b St Petersburg, 4/May 16, 1893; d Paris, Sept 29, 1979). Russian composer. His father introduced him to music before he began to study harmony, orchestration and composition with Nikolay Sokolov, a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov (1911–15). He studied the piano and became particularly interested in the works of Skryabin, whose harmonic principles he later further developed. He studied law and became fascinated by philosophy, mathematics, physics, chemistry and Far-Eastern thought; his wide cultural interests lay at the root of his desire to unite arts, sciences and spiritual thought. His first orchestral works were performed at the Pavlovsk Theatre under the direction of Aslanov (...