Vissarion Shebalin

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Shebalin, Vissarion Iakovlevich


Born May 29 (June 11), 1902, in Omsk; died May 28, 1963, in Moscow. Soviet composer, pedagogue, and public figure. People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1947); doctor of the arts (1941).

In 1928, Shebalin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he had studied composition under N. Ia. Miaskovskii. Shebalin’s music, which is pictorial in nature, communicates an ideological message and affirms a lofty and positive ideal; it develops the traditions of the Russian classics and is characterized by its noble use of melody, which often recalls the lyric and epic songs of Russian folklore.

Shebalin composed the operas The Taming of the Shrew (based on the play by Shakespeare; 1957, Bolshoi Theater) and Sun Over the Steppes (concert performance, Moscow, 1959), the musical comedy Bridegroom From the Embassy (1942), and the cantata Moscow (1946; words by B. V. Lipatov; State Prize of the USSR, 1947). An important composition is the dramatic symphony Lenin (1931; revised version, 1959), scored for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra; the work is based on V. V. Mayakovsky’s narrative poem Vladimir Il’ich Lenin.

Shebalin is also known for his five symphonies, violin concerto (1940), and chamber music, including nine string quartets, of which the most famous is the String Quartet No. 5, on Slavic Themes (1942; State Prize of the USSR, 1943). His other works include art songs, choruses, music for motion pictures and plays, and arrangements of Russian folk songs. An important part of Shebalin’s oeuvre are his completed versions of Russian and Ukrainian musical classics, such as the operas Sorochintsy Fair by Mussorgsky and The Zaporozhian Cossack Beyond the Danube by Gulak-Artemovskii and Glinka’s Symphony on Two Russian Themes.

Shebalin became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1935 and served as its director from 1942 to 1948. In addition to the Czech composer V. Kučera, his students included L. M. Auster, E. V. Denisov, K. Kh. Kuzham’iarov, A. A. Nikolaev, A. N. Pakhmutova, V. R. Tormis, T. N. Khrennikov, and K. S. Khachaturian. Shebalin was chairman of the administrative board of the Moscow organization of the Composers’ Union of the USSR in 1941 and 1942 and served as a deputy to the second convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. Shebalin was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and various medals.


Literaturnoe nasledie: Vospominaniia, perepiska, stat’i, vystupleniia. Moscow, 1975.


Vissarion Iakovlevich Shebalin: Stat’i, vospominaniia, materialy. Moscow, 1970.


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(43) While writing the Fifth Symphony in 1937, he played movements for the composer Tikhon Khrennikov, and separately for the composers Aram Khachaturian (Khachaturyan) and Vissarion Shebalin. (44) In August 1939, presenting the Sixth Symphony to a gathering of colleagues in Leningrad, he performed excerpts from two completed movements, and predicted a third movement within a month.
Shebalin, a European-trained composer influenced by the aesthetics of modernism, who fell victim to the campaign against "formalism in music." At first glance, Sveshnikov's article seemed to follow the program outlined by Zhdanov, both in his speeches on music and on the occasion of the Politburo resolution of 10 February 1948 "On the Opera 'The Great Friendship' by V.
Ruiz E, Montanes P (2005) Music and the brain: Gershwin and Shebalin. Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists, pp 172-178.
To remember that in the same border region a doublet of earthquakes occurred in March 1931 (Ms 6.0 and 6.7 according to Shebalin et al, 1974).
The oeuvre of such legends of Russian music as Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881--1950) received a devastating assessment, and Vissarion Shebalin, Aram Khachaturian and Gavril Popov were also heavily criticised.
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Despite wide assessments of their characteristics, these earthquakes are among the most impressive of the Balkan Peninsula (Gutenberg and Richter, 1954; Shebalin et al., 1974; Ambraseys, 2001; Papadimitriou et al., 2006; Tranos et al., 2006, 2008, and others).
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g., Shebalin, 1973; Nuttli & Zollweg, 1974; Gupta & Combs, 1978; Rojas et al., 1993; Frankel, 1994; Albarello et al., 1995; Gasperini et al., 1999) and to discriminate between upper-crustal and subduction earthquakes (White & Harlow, 1998).