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90th Birthday of Russian Composer Roman Ledenyov

On 4 December, the Russian composer and pedagogue, who died in 2019, would have been 90 years old. Many piano students know and love his exceptional piano piece "Herbsttag" (Autumn Day), printed in the volume "Russische Klaviermusik" (Russian Piano Music) as part of the Russian Piano School (Volume I SIK 2409, No. 24, p. 32). 

After Roman Ledenyov completed his training at the Central Music School of his home city Moscow in 1948, where he had received lessons from Yevgeny Messner and Vissarion Shebalin, among others, he was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory. Here he studied until 1955 with Nikolai Rakov and Anatoli Alexandrov. While still an aspirant, he began teaching theoretical subjects (including instrumentation and harmony) at the Moscow Conservatory in 1956.

In addition to his compositional work, he was active as a teacher in various functions until old age. His work, which includes a ballet, piano and chamber music, numerous solo concertos, cantatas, songs and film music, is characterised particularly by his attachment to his homeland and choice of national themes. His children's album for piano “Vermischte Seiten” (Mixed Pages) is often used in lessons. Roman Ledenyov died in Moscow on 15 August 2019.

Roman Ledenyov 
(04.12.1930 – 15.08.2019)
90th Birthday
- “Autumn Day” from “Vermischte Seiten” (Mixed Pages) for piano
- “Four Sketches” for chamber ensemble op. 17
- Three Nocturnes for chamber orchestra op. 19

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