Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

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Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1An Evening in Georgia, Op.712 Kirghiz SongsArmenian Rhapsody on National Themes, Op.485 Little Piano Pieces, Op.7Piano Quartet, Op.9String Quartet No.1, Op.13All-Night Vigil, Op.43Spanish SerenadeViolin Sonata, Op.8Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 2Cantate de félicitation, Op.12The Marriage, Op.70Ole from the Northland, Op.53Ruth, Op.64 Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Op.68Turkish FragmentsTreason, Op.43Asya, Op.30Romances, Op.227 Songs4 Songs from Provence, Op.53a6 Songs after Balmont, Op.143 Caucasian DancesMtsïri, Op.544 Songs, Op.315 Romances, Op.28Songs of Ossian, Op.563 Moorish Melodies, Op.23Symphony No.1, Op.4610 Shakespeare Sonnets, Op.455 Japanese Poems, Op.603 Biblical Poems, Op.40Pythagorean Hymn to the Rising Sun, Op.395 Characteristic Pictures, Op.18Bacchic Song, Op.723 Romances, Op.15Suite, Op.115 Choruses, Op.174 Romances, Op.56 Romances, Op.214 Romances, Op.63Variations5 Poems of Apollon Maykov, Op.32Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.37Hymn to Labor, Op.59On the Volga, Op.50Turkic March, Op.55
Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov (Russian: Михаи́л Миха́йлович Ипполи́тов-Ива́нов; 19 November [O.S. 7 November] 1859 – 28 January 1935) was a Russian composer, conductor and teacher. His music expanded from the late-Romantic era and into the 20th century era.
He was born in 1859 at Gatchina, near St. Petersburg, where his father was a mechanic employed at the palace. His birth name was Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov; later he added Ippolitov, his mother's maiden name, to distinguish himself from a composer and music critic with an identical name (Mikhail Ivanov). He studied music at home and was a choirboy at the cathedral of St. Isaac, where he also had musical instruction, before entering the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1875. In 1882 he completed his studies as a composition pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, whose influence was to remain strong.
Ippolitov-Ivanov's first appointment was to the position of director of the music academy and conductor of the orchestra in Tbilisi (Tiflis), the principal city of Georgia, where he was to spend the next seven years. This period allowed him to develop an interest in the music of the region, a reflection of the general interest taken in the music of non-Slav minorities and more exotic neighbours that was current at the time, and that was to receive overt official encouragement for other reasons after the Revolution. One of his notable pupils in Tbilisi was conductor Edouard Grikurov.
On 1 May 1886, in Tbilisi, he conducted the premiere of the third and final version of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia.
In 1893 Ippolitov-Ivanov became a professor at the Conservatory in Moscow, of which he was director from 1905 until 1924. He served as conductor for the Russian Choral Society, the Mamontov and Zimin Opera companies and, after 1925, the Bolshoi Theatre, and was known as a contributor to broadcasting and to musical journalism.
Politically, Ippolitov-Ivanov retained a measure of independence. He was president of the Society of Writers and Composers in 1922, but took no part in the quarrels between musicians concerned either to encourage new developments in music or to foster a form of proletarian art. His own style had been formed in the 1880s under Rimsky-Korsakov, and to this he added a similar interest in folk-music, particularly the music of Georgia, where he returned in 1924 to spend a year reorganizing the Conservatory in Tbilisi. He died in Moscow in 1935.
His pupils included Reinhold Glière and Sergei Vasilenko.
Ippolitov-Ivanov's works include operas, orchestral music, chamber music and a large number of songs. His style is similar to that of his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. With the exception of his orchestral suite Caucasian Sketches (Kavkazskiye Eskizi, 1894), which includes the much-excerpted "Procession of the Sardar", his music is rarely heard today.
As well as his entirely original works, Ippolitov-Ivanov completed Modest Mussorgsky's opera The Marriage.
He was named as a People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1922 and awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.