Kalinnikov, Vasily


Kalinnikov, Vasily

Symphony No. 1 in G minor

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Kalinnikov, Vasily
Symphony No. 1 in G minor

Vassily Kalinnikov was forced to break off his studies at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1885 through lack of finance. He then studied the bassoon until 1892 at the Moscow Philharmonic Society Music School, where he took lessons under Alexander Ilyinsky (1859-1920), a student of Bargiel, and Pavel Blaramberg (1841-1907). As a student he composed his first orchestral work, the symphonic poem The Nymphs, premiered in Moscow on December 28, 1889. Tchaikovsky, who had a very high opinion of Kalinnikov, recommended him as conductor at the Maliy Theatre in 1892, which he left a year later to join the Moscow Italian Theatre. In Autumn 1893 he fell seriously ill and moved to the Crimea, where he spent the remaining seven years of his life. …


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