70th anniversary of the death of Nikolai Myaskowsky

On August 8, 2020 we are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Nikolai Myaskovsky, whose fascinating music also influenced some of his famous students such as Aram Khachaturian, Dmitry Kabalevsky and Andrei Eshpai.

Nikolai Myaskowsky was to embark on a military career at his father's bidding, although his great musical talent had been evident from an early age. He attended various cadet schools and was trained as a military engineer. Parallel to which he received his first music lessons from an aunt.

From 1902 he took private lessons with Reinhold Glière. In 1906 he began studying at the Petersburg Conservatory and became a pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoly Lyadov, among others. In 1907 he left military service and became a reservist. After his studies, Myaskowsky wrote for music magazines and gave music lessons.

In 1914 he was drafted into the military, suffered major injuries and was sent back to Petersburg in 1917, severely traumatized. Following the October Revolution, he took an active part in the reorganization of musical life and was appointed professor of composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1921 - a position he held until his death.

His composition class produced such important composers as Aram Khachaturian, Dmitry Kabalevsky and Andrei Eshpai.

Myaskowsky's compositional style is characterized by strong chromaticism and an often gloomy underlying attitude - the tonal framework is only occasionally and rudimentarily abandoned. He left behind an extensive oeuvre in which 27 symphonies, 13 string quartets and nine piano sonatas constitute the main focus. He wrote a number of smaller pieces for piano lessons, which are still very popular today.

08 August 2020Nikolai Myaskovsky
(20.04.1881 – 08.08.1950)
70th anniversary of death

Important works:
- "Carefree Song" for piano [printed in: Russian Piano School Volume I SIK 2353, No. 95, p. 45].
- Pathetic Overture for Orchestra
- Symphonies no. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12,16, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27
- Concerto for violin and orchestra
- Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

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