Metallidi, Zhanneta Lazarevna
- Olga Manulkina
(b Leningrad [now St Petersburg], June 1, 1934). Russian composer and teacher. She studied composition with Galina Ivanovna Ustvol′skaya at the music college attached to the Leningrad Conservatory (1952–5) and with Orest Aleksandrovich Yevlakhov at the conservatory itself (1955–60). She worked at the Leningrad Drama Institute as an accompanist and a composer of incidental music (1959–63). From 1960 she taught composition, solfeggio and theory at a children’s music school in Leningrad, which provided her with opportunities to compose for specific performing ensembles, enabling her to test her ideas. She has created a diverse repertory of children’s music, which has been in continuous use in Russian schools. She was greatly influenced by Ustvol′skaya: both composers aspire to clarity of conception and exactness of realization. Metallidi attaches particular importance to melody, especially in music for children. Joviality reigns, and witty jokes and nonsense words occur often....