Boris Tishchenko died on 9 December 2010

The St. Petersburg composer Boris Tishchenko died at the age of 71 on 9 December 2010 following a long and severe illness. Tishchenko was a pupil of Galina Ustvolskaya and Dmitri Shostakovich and taught composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory before becoming a Professor Emeritus. Alongside a rich catalogue of orchestral works – Tishchenko composed a large number of symphonies and instrumental concertos – the composer was also deeply committed to chamber music. His Requiem for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra was composed in 1966, but his “Triptych” for Voice and Orchestra is also well known.

At the beginning of his compositional development, Tishchenko adopted not only modern western stylistic means such as dodecaphony and serial techniques, but also impulses from early Russian and Asian musical cultures. Many of his works have a monothematic design. Tishchenko was also known as a writer on music; his published essays included contributions on Schubert, Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya.

 

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