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Kabalevsky, Dmitri

Dmitri Kabalevsky began his training at the Moscow conservatory in 1925, where the studied composition with Nikolai Myaskovsky. He continued piano studies with Alexander Goldenweiser. From 1927 he worked on the journal “Sovremennaya muzyka” and from 1930 as an editor at the Music Publisher Muzgiz. He became a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1939. In 1952 Kabalevsky became Secretary of the Board of the Soviet Composers’ Union.

The influence of his teacher Myaskovsky is especially marked in Kabalevsky’s early works. During the years between 1932 and 1941 he also came to terms with the genre of music theatre. Alongside stage works and vocal compositions, instrumental works are at the centre of his musical interests. Kabalevsky’s predominantly lyrical musical language, rooted in folk music, is clearly influenced by the tradition of 19th-century Russian music. Kabalevsky’s piano works are of special importance, not least his smaller pieces for children and youths which are often used in teaching. Their rhythmic refi nement and harmonic friction make them particularly attractive.