Samonov Anatoly Vasilyevich (May 17, 1931 – March 18, 2013)

Samonov Anatoly Vasilyevich (May 17, 1931 – March 18, 2013)

 Anatoly Vasilyevich Samonov (born May 17, 1931, Pyatigorsk – died March 18, 2013, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian composer, pianist, professor, public figure, member of the Russian Union of Composers, the author of instrumental, vocal and choral works and arrangements.


Anatoly Samonov was born in 1931 in Pyatigors, Russia. Samonov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied piano with professor Vasily Vasilyevich Nechaev and composition with professor Mikhail Ivanovich Chulaki. Since 1959 Samonov had been teaching at the interfaculty Piano Department at the Moscow Conservatory, combining teaching with composer activity. Since 1995 Samonov had headed the staff of the Department, one of the most numerous in the conservatory.

Among Samonov’s works there is the oratorio Lights Are Burning (Goryat ogni); Schubert's Letters (Pis'ma Shuberta) (chamber music for string instruments, piano and narrator); vocal cycle From Pushkin's Time (Iz pushkinskogo vremeni) (based on the verses of Pushkin, Baratynsky, Batyushkov, Delvig, Kuchelbecker, Ryleev, Yazykov); Quartet for woodwind; Quintet for brass; 20 Russian songs for cello and piano; Sonata and Variations for flute and piano; 5 Russians songs for cello and piano; works for bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Samonov created many miniatures, including ensemble pieces for four hands and for two pianos, 5 variational cycles, 9 sonatinas, Sonata, Partita, Piano Concerto.

Anatoly Vasilyevich Samonov died on 18 March 2013 in Moscow.


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