Shleh, Lyudmila Karpawna
- Valentina Antonevich
(b Baranovichi, Sept 21, 1948). Belarusian composer. She graduated from the Conservatory of Belarus in 1972, having studied with Aladaw and Smol′sky, and then completed her training with Sergey Slonimsky in 1980 while an assistant lecturer at the Leningrad Conservatory. She joined the Belarusian Composers’ Union in 1974 and has composed full time since 1980. The stylistic path her work has taken has been largely governed by the folkmusic of Belarus and by the liturgical music of the Orthodox and Catholic traditions; she is recognized as one of the most consistent representatives of the Belarusian folkloristic style. Her first significant works which appeared in the late 1970s (Lubok, Trava-murava and the requiem Pamyatayse) were written as impressions of World War II, while her works of the 1980s – such as the oratorio Skaz pra Igara (‘A Tale about Igor’) after texts from ancient Russian chronicles – set the pattern of interest in folk and church music. The 1990s saw her turn to the Orthodox tradition in various choral works. Her uniqueness lies in the constant versatility of her approach to her folk sources; in her combination of a 20th century language with a sensitivity towards the ancient styles, harmonic implications and performing traditions of folkmusic she comes close in aesthetic terms to the ‘new wave of folklore’ in Russian music of the 1950s and 60s, as exemplified by Slonimsky and Gavrilin....