Nikolai Leontovich

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Leontovich, Nikolai Dmitrievich


Born Dec. 1 (13), 1877, in the village of Monastyrek, now in Nemirovo Raion, Vinnitsa Oblast; died Jan. 23, 1921, in the village of Markovka, now in Vinnitsa Oblast. Soviet composer, choral director, public figure, and educator.

Leonotovich worked as a teacher and taught choral singing in Vinnitsa, Tul’chin, and Kiev. He composed classic examples of Ukrainian choral music. He did more than 200 adaptations of Ukrainian folk songs (chiefly a capella), as well as of revolutionary and Russian songs; he also composed several original choral pieces. Leontovich’s choral miniatures are outstanding examples of folk song adaptation; they are widely performed by professional and amateur groups. His creative principles have been adopted by many Ukrainian composers.


M. D. Leontovych. Zbirka statei ta materialiv. Kiev, 1947.
Diachenko, V. M. D. Leontovych, 3rd ed. Kiev, 1969.
Gordiichuk, M. M. D. Leontovych. Kiev, 1960.
Istoriia ukrains’koi dozhovtnevoi muzyky. Kiev, 1969. Pages 515–26.
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"Carol of the Bells:" Based on the Ukrainian folk chant "Shchedryk," the music was written by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914.