Chudova, Tat′yana Alekseyevna
- Olga Manulkina
(b Moscow, June 16, 1944). Russian composer. She studied at the Central Music School in Moscow, then at the Moscow Conservatory with Shaporin (1963–6) and with Khrennikov (1965–70); she has taught at both establishments since 1970 and was appointed professor at the conservatory in 1995. Chudova has participated in many folk expeditions and made a special study of folk culture, including folk singing skills. Her own music has reflected this; she has evolved a language where folk elements and techniques such as polytonality, pointillism and Sprechstimme are closely interwoven. The world of Russian fairy tale and folklore pervades her symphonic suites and operas. In the 1970s the subject matter and style of her works changed, and she began to write bold and distinctive melodies, march- or toccata-like pieces, characterized by rapid changes of dynamics. Episodes from Russian history form the basis of her cantatas, and also of the symphonic trilogy ...