Vadim Salmanov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 12 May 2012


Born

4 November 1912 in St. Petersburg. Died on 27 February 1978 in St. Petersburg.

Education

He studied piano with his father and theory with Akimenko; studied composition with Gnessin at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1936 until 1941.
He was head of its composition department from 1947 until 1951, teacher from 1951 until 1965 and professor from 1965 until his death.

Style

His early works are marked by a broad Russian melodism, with the harmonic structure following the models of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
After 1960 he adopted more advanced techniques, including polyphony.

Works

String Quartet No. 1 (1945)
CD Russian Disc RDCD 10048 - Taneyev Quartet
Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano (1945)

Trio No. 1 (1946)

Piano Quartet (1947)

"The Forest", symphonic picture for orchestra (1948)

"Zoya", symphonic poem for voice and orchestra (1949)

Trio No. 2 (1949)

Russian Capriccio for orchestra (1950)

Symphony No. 1 in D minor (1952)

Dedicated to Y. Mravinsky.
1. Largo-Allegro
2. Andante non troppo
3. Presto

CD IM Lab IMLCD 073/74: Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky
CD Melodiya MELCD 1002119: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeni Mravinsky

Slavic Round Dance for orchestra (1954)

"Poetic Pictures", symphonic suite after Andersen for orchestra (1955)

"Hero", song cycle after P. Katenin (1957)

"Twelve", oratoric poem for chorus and orchestra after A. Blok (1957)

LP Melodiya A10 00457 - V. Chernushenko (cond)
String Quartet No. 2 (1958)

Symphony No. 2 in G major (1959)

1. Forest Song
2. At Sunset
3. Sumnmons IV. ... And Forest is singing

CD Brilliant Classics 8593 (10 CD-set): Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky (cond)
CD Russian Disc RDCD 11023 - Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Y. Mravinsky (cond) (combined with Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5)
CD IM Lab IMLCD 073/74: Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky
CD Melodiya MELCD 1002119: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeni Mravinsky

"Spain in the Heart", song cycle after Lorca and Neruda (1960)

Gruá-Ode for orchestra (1961)

String Quartet No. 3 (1961)

CD Russian Disc RDCD 10048 - Taneyev Quartet
Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (1962)

Children's Symphony (1962)

Sonata for piano and string orchestra (1962)

Greeting Song for orchestra (1962)

"Nights in a Big City" for violin and chamber orchestra (1962)

Symphony No. 3 in A minor (1963)

1. Mesto-Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro non troppo

CD IM Lab IMLCD 073/74: Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky
CD Melodiya MELCD 1002119: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeni Mravinsky

Sonata for cello and piano (1963)

String Quartet No. 4 (1963)

CD Russian Disc RDCD 10048 - Taneyev Quartet
Violin Concerto No. 1 (1964)

"The Human Being", ballet in one act after E. Mezhelajtis (1965)

"Prificiation", song cycle after Rushevich (1966)

"Songs about Loneliness", song cycle after Lorca (1967)

String Quartet No. 5 (1968)

"Ode to Lenin" after Neruda for chorus and orchestra (1969)

Monologue for cello (1970)

String Quartet No. 6 (1971)

Symphony No. 4 in B minor (1972)

Dedicated to Y. Mravinsky and the Leningrad PO
1. Moderato
2. Marciale
3. Andante

CD IM Lab IMLCD 073/74: Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky
CD Melodiya MELCD 1002119: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeni Mravinsky
CD OLympia OCD 225 review: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Y. Mravinsky (cond)
CD Olympia OCD 5002 (6 CD-set) review: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Y. Mravinsky (cond)

"The Swan", concerto for chorus No. 1

"A Good Guy", concerto for chorus No. 2 for chorus, english horn and accordeon

"In Memoriam, De Profundis" for soprano, chorus and organ (1973)

Violin Concerto No. 2 (1974)


Thanks to Alonso del Arte for additional information


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