Rubin, Vladimir Il′ich
- Alla Vladimirovna Grigor′yeva
(b Moscow, Aug 5, 1924). Russian composer. He studied with Goldenweiser (piano) and Peyko (composition) at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1949. He then taught at the Gnesin Institute before turning to full-time composition in 1952. He won the Glinka Prize in 1972, was honoured as a People's Artist of Russia in 1995; he has also won awards at competitions in Berlin, Budapest, Helsinki and Warsaw for his choral works. The bulk of his output is vocal, and in his writing he has been influenced by the 19th-century nationalist traditions – the tragic writing of Musorgsky, the epos of Borodin and the fantastic fairy-tale world of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular. His views on eternity, the fate of Russian history as well as moral and aesthetical issues are reflected in works such as the opera Yul′skoye voskreseniye (‘A Sunday in July’) and the oratorio Pesni vetrovïye (‘Songs of the Wind’), while his interest in Russian literature, folk art, and in the renewal of Russian traditions is evident in the comic opera ...