Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin

Birth
Omsk, Omsk Oblast, Russia
Death 29 May 1963 (aged 60)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot Section 8, Grave 29
Memorial ID 22540204 · View Source
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Composer. One of the outstanding figures of the Soviet period of Russian music. A master craftsman, his style was rigorous and intelligent but always accessible to audiences. He enjoyed his greatest success with the comic opera "The Taming of the Shrew" (1957). Critics consider his Symphony No. 5 in C Major (1962) the finest of his five symphonies. Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin was born in Omsk, Siberia, and initially trained at the Omsk College of Music. From 1923 to 1928 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Nikolai Myaskovsky and his subsequent life was based at that institution; he became professor of composition there in 1935 and succeeded Myaskovsky as director in 1942. Dimitri Shostakovich was a close friend, and he was also on good terms with his brilliant pupil Edison Denisov. In a 1948 campaign launched by Stalin's cultural henchmen, the top Soviet composers - Shebalin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and Myaskovsky - were all accused of writing "anti-people music" and of "kowtowing to the decadent West"; his music was temporarily banned and he was dismissed from the Conservatory. He was allowed to return as a professor in 1951. During the 1950s Shebalin suffered two strokes that impaired his movement and speech but not his ability to compose, and he continued to write and teach until his death at 59. Outside of Russia he is probably best known for his nine string quartets (1923 to 1963), which span his entire professional career and are benchmarks of his artistic evolution. His other works include the dramatic symphony "Lenin" (1931, to a poem by Mayakovsky), a Violin Concerto (1940), the ballet "The Skylark" (1943), the Symphonietta (1951), orchestral suites, overtures and songs.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vissarion Shebalin (11 Jun 1902–29 May 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22540204, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .