Russian composer Alexander Wustin has died of a coronavirus infection

On 19 April 2020, shortly before his 77th birthday, the Russian composer Alexander Wustin (born 24 April 1943) died of a coronavirus infection. His son also infected with the coronavirus, has also fallen ill and is now in a clinic fighting for his life.

Alexander Wustin studied under the composer Grigori Frid, the creator of the mono-opera "The Diary of Anne Frank", which is performed worldwide. Graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 1969 under Vladimir Ferè, Wustin went on to work as a music editor at USSR Radio until 1974, and then as an editor at the Kompozitor publishing house

Alexander Wustin was to withdraw his early compositions declaring that only his works composed from 1972 on were of value. Wustin's works are highly praised for their extraordinary structure and character. The composer implemented the twelve-tone technique and using it freely he found an individual and original musical language.

Wustin's works have often been performed at international festivals of contemporary music. Gidon Kremer's "Kremerata Baltica" in particular, but also The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, have been committed to his compositions.
In Beethoven's anniversary year, attention was also focused on Alexander Wustin's "Hommage à Beethoven", a concert for percussion instruments and small orchestra. "Vox humana" and "Weiße Musik" for organ as well as "Das Wort" for wind instruments and percussion number among his most famous compositions.

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