Bahatïrow [Bogatïryov], Anatol′ Vasil′yevich
- Yelena Solomakha
(b Vitebsk, 31 July/Aug 13, 1913; d September 19, 2003). Belarusian composer. He graduated from the Conservatory of Belarus′ in 1937 where he studied under Zolotaryov. He was chairman of the board of the Belarusian Union of Composers (1938–41 and 1942–9) and pro-rector of the Sverdlovsk Conservatory (1941–3). From 1948 he taught composition at the National Conservatory, Minsk (rector 1948–62, professor 1960, head of department 1962) where his pupils included Hlebaw, Luchanok, Mdivani and Smol′sky. He was awarded many honours including the USSR State Prize (1941). Bahatïrow was one of the founders and leading representatives of the Belarusian school; he composed one of the first national operas – U pushchakh Palessya (‘In the Virgin Forests of the Poles′ye’) – while his contribution to the development of the genres of cantata, oratorio, a cappella chorus and the romance was considerable. Whether vocal or instrumental, his works are arresting for the richness of their melodies and for their polyphonic textures. Remaining true to traditional tonal thinking, Bahatïrow enriched his style by unique use of natural modal systems and by the employment of rhythmic characteristics of Belarusian folk music....