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date: 25 August 2019

Voronina, Tat′yana Alexandrovnalocked

  • Olga Manulkina

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(b Leningrad [now St Petersburg], Jan 12, 1933). Russian composer and pianist. She studied at the Leningrad Conservatory with Orest Aleksandrovich Yevlakhov, for composition, and Moisey Khal′fin, for piano, graduating with two diplomas (1957–8); in 1960 she was appointed to teach chamber music there. She has given many concerts, performing not only the classical repertory but also contemporary works, by Leningrad and Lithuanian composers in particular. In her own compositions, melodic lines are developed according to the principles of monody, while textures are heterophonous. The style is detailed and intense: before the 1970s her desire for detailed elaboration proved an obstacle to the creation of large-scale works, but later compositions show that she has been able to achieve a balance between the demands of larger formal structures and her own particular musical language. Voronina’s music is also lyrical and intimate, a kind of ceaseless monologue in which the voice attains special significance and instrumental themes are vocally inspired....

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