Zhubanova, Gaziza Akhmetovna
- Olga Manulkina
(b Aktyubinsk region, Kazakhstan, Dec 2, 1927; d December 13, 1993). Kazakh composer. She was the daughter of the composer and scholar Akhmet Zhubanov, who was the organizer and conductor of the Kazakh Instruments Orchestra. She studied composition with Gnesin and Streicher at the Gnesin Institute, Moscow, and with Shaporin at the Moscow Conservatory, from which she graduated in 1954, continuing with postgraduate work until 1957. Between 1962 and 1968 she was chairwoman of the Kazakh Composers’ Union. She taught composition at the Alma-Ata Conservatory from 1967 and was its director from 1975 to 1987.
A significant part of Zhubanova’s output consisted of large-scale works, in which a blurring of generic boundaries is evident: traits of oratorio appear in her operas, such as Enlik-Kebek and Dvadtsat′ vosem′ (‘Twenty-Eight’), as do operatic traits in oratorios, including Pesnya Tat′yanï (‘Tat′yana’s Song’). She perpetuated the Eastern tradition of writing dedications; for example her ‘Zhiger’ Symphony is dedicated to the folk composer Dauletkerei, and the opera ...