Аlexandrov A.

ALEXANDROV Alexander (A-24)

01/04/1883, Plakhino, Russia – 08/07/1946, Berlin, Germany

Soviet composer, choral conductor, major General. Studied music at the Regent's school of the Court chapel (St. Petersburg), the St. Petersburg Conservatory (with Alexander Glazunov and Anatoly Lyadov) and the Moscow Conservatory (with Serguey Vasilenko). He worked as a choirmaster, organized and headed a music school in Tver. From 1918 - teacher at the Moscow Conservatory (from 1925 – head of the choir Department, in 1929-1936 – Deputy Dean of the military conducting faculty). In 1928 he organized Ensemble (later the Red Banner song and dance Ensemble of the Soviet (Russian) Army named after him), which traveled almost the entire Soviet Union and several foreign countries, won the Grand Prix at the world exhibition in Paris (1937). The men's polyphonic choir with soloists, the mixed orchestra consisting of symphonic and folk instruments, and the ballet ensemble are recognized and remain among the best in the world. Alexandrov is the Author of music of the Anthem of the USSR (1943) and the Anthem of the Russian Federation (same melody). Doctor of art (1940), people's artist of the USSR (1937), laureate of Stalin prizes (1942, 1946).

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