Lyadova, Lyudmila Alexeyevna
- Olga Manulkina
(b Sverdlovsk [now Yekaterinburg], March 29, 1925). Russian composer. She studied at the Sverdlovsk Conservatory from 1943 to 1948: piano with B.S. Marants and composition with Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky. Together with N. Panteleyeva she formed a vocal duet, which performed with great success in the late 1940s and won the 1946 All-Union Variety Artists Competition. As an integral part of her work, Lyadova also gave many concert tours of the USSR, performing her own songs (as pianist and singer).
Optimism and buoyancy of mood are the constant, fundamental features of Lyadova’s style, as revealed in the majority of her songs, which range from folklike comic songs, sometimes in the character of chastushki (humorous and topical two- or four-line folk verses), to more lyrical songs. She has not sought to be an innovator: her lively melodies and energetic rhythms mostly conform to what was official Soviet pop-music style. She has written music in response to important events, such as the struggle for peace or even Komsomol construction projects, but her main topics concern sport or love. A festive mood also prevails in her orchestral works. Of her stage works, the first operetta ...