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date: 25 August 2019

Harelava, Halina Kanstantsinawnalocked

  • Radoslava Aladova

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(b Minsk, March 5, 1951). Belarusian composer. In 1977 she graduated from Smol′sky's composition class at the National Conservatory in Minsk, and since 1980 has taught theory and composition there. She first attracted attention with her Violin Concerto (1979), which while displaying the influence of Shostakovich is notable for its emotive expression and richness of melodic development. In the chamber and vocal works of the early 1980s, she developed themes of the love and life of woman in a Schumannesque vein while employing contemporary modal techniques and modern interpretations of Belarusian folk idioms. Works written at the beginning of the 1990s, especially Tïsyacha let nadezhdï (‘A Thousand Years of Hope’) – noted for its impressionistic oriental colouring – and Anno mundis ardentis (for which she received the State Prize of Belarus′ in 1992), have been regarded as important phenomena in the history of Belarusian music. In the concertos written from the second half of the 1980s onwards, she finds new reserves of timbre through the imitation of practices specific to folkmusic performance traditions, yet still relies on orthodox forms. Her achievements in the field of children’s music are significant and many of her programmatic works – such as ...

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