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Dmitri Kabalevsky

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Dmitri Kabalevsky


Dmitri Kabalevsky (30 December 1904, St. Petersburg, Russia - 14 February 1987, Moscow, Russia) was a Russian composer. Although not as well known as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Dmitri Kabalevsky was one of Russia's highly gifted composers. His style is in the Tchaikovskian idiom with appropriate modern trimmings -- which is another way of saying that his music has great and immediate appeal for the average listener.

Kabalevsky was 14 when he and his family moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow, where he attended the Scriabin School of Music from 1919 to 1925. In 1925 he entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied composition with Miaskovsky, who apparently had the greatest influence on Kabaelvsky's early works. He later developed his own style, marked by clear tonality and energetic rhythms. He was composer and professor composition at the Moscow Conservatory.

Works for Winds


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 334.