Igor Belza

Belza, Igor’ Fedorovich


Born Jan. 26 (Feb. 8), 1904, in Kielce, Poland. Soviet musicologist; doctor of art studies (1954).

In 1925, Belza graduated from the Kiev Conservatory in B. N. Liatoshinskii’s class (composition). He moved to Moscow in 1941; he was a professor at the conservatory (1942-49) and senior scholar at the Institute of Art History (1954-61). In 1961 he became a senior scholar at the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Since 1965 he has also headed the Commission for the Study of Dante of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Belza’s principal works are on the musical culture of Poland and Czechoslovakia and on the Russian classics. He has also written musical works. He became an honorary doctor of philosophy at Charles University in Prague in 1967. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, various medals, and the Order of the Polish Renaissance.


Ocherki razvitiia cheshskoi muzykal’noi klassiki. Moscow-Leningrad, 1951.
Istoriia pol’skoi muzykal’noi kul’tury, parts 1-3. Moscow-Leningrad, 1954-72.
Istoriia cheshskoi muzykal’noi kul’tury, vol. 1. Moscow, 1959.
Shopen. Moscow, 1968.
O slavianskoi muzyke; Izbr. raboty. Moscow, 1963. (With a bibliographical index.)
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Szymanowska scholarship in Polish and Russian is rather extensive, with major biographies on the composer already a half century old (in Russian by Igor Belza, Mania Szymanowskaia [Moscow: Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, 1956]; in Polish by Teofil Syga and Stanislaw Szenic, Maria Szymanowska i jej czasy [Warsaw: Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1960]).