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date: 15 December 2019

Avshalomov, Aaronlocked

  • David Stabler


(b Nikolayevsk, Siberia, Oct 31, 1894; d New York, April 26, 1965). Russian composer, father of Jacob Avshalomov. Self-taught except for one term at the Zürich Conservatory, he spent 30 years in China, where he composed symphonic and dramatic works. Fascinated by Chinese culture, he integrated authentic Chinese thematic material into Western musical styles. In addition to composing, he became head librarian of the Municipal Library of Shanghai (1928–43) and conductor of the Shanghai SO (1943–6). He emigrated to the USA in 1947, joining his son, Jacob Avshalomov. Although he continued to compose, his work never achieved much recognition in the USA, where he became a naturalized citizen. Of his three operas, Kuan Yin (c1925), The Twilight Hour of Yan Kuei Fei (1933) and The Great Wall (1945), all composed in China, the last had the most success. First performed in Shanghai in ...

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