Konshina, Yelena Sergeyevna
- Gerard McBurney
(b Kirovgrad, Sverdlovsk [now Yekaterinburg] region, Jan 9, 1950). Russian composer. She has spent her working life teaching and writing in the ancient Russian town of Vladimir, far from the active musical centres of Moscow and St Petersburg. Her music, usually small in scale and quietist in aspiration, reflects the solitude in which she has chosen to live. Some time before the post-Gorbachev vogue for religious music, Konshina was already devoting much energy to a cappella choral works (many of which are called simply Chorus). These reflect a deep interest in the simplest traditions of the Orthodox church, as well as in the characteristic intonations of Russian folk music. Out of both these familiar traditions she has made a musical language of distinctive purity and restraint; her music is clearly an expression of her strong beliefs. Since the completion of her Piano Concerto in 1975, she has produced no other large-scale works. Her chamber compositions include a Cello Sonata (...