Alexander Mossolov

Александр Васильевич Мосолов

Also known as A. Mosolov, A. Mossolov, A. Mossolow, A.Mosolov, Alexander Mosolov, Alexander Mossolow, Alexandr Mosolov, А. Мосолов, Mosolov, Mossolov, Mossolow
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Discography of Alexander Mossolov:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Soviet Avant-Garde 2 28 Audio 1999 hat[now]ART
2 Russian Futurism Volume 1 • Alexander Mosolov: Piano Works 10 Audio 2007 Arte Nova Classics
3 Russian Futurism Volume V 14 Audio 2008-03-11 Arte Nova Classics
4 Piano Works 12 Audio 1991 Мелодия
5 Concerto No.1 For Piano And Orchestra / Iron Foundry / Soldiers' Songs 7 Audio 1984 Мелодия
6 Untitled 3 Audio 1996
7 Russian Futurism Vol.1 - Vol.3 79 Audio 1997 Arte Nova Classics
8 Концерт № 1 Для Фортепиано С Оркестром / Завод / Солдатские Песни 10 Audio 1982 Мелодия
9 Cello Concertos 3 Audio 1999 Musical Heritage Society
10 Works For Piano 6 Audio 1991 Le Chant Du Monde
11 Violin Concerto, String Quartet No.2, Chamber Works 6 Audio 1996 Triton (5)
12 The Music Of Alexander Mosolov (1900-1973) 5 Audio 1987 Olympia (2)

Alexander Vasilievich Mosolov (29 July 1900, Kiev — 11 July 1973, Moscow) was a significant Ukrainian avant-garde composer of the early Soviet era.

During the Revolutionary period in 1917-18, Mosolov worked in the office of the People's Commissioner for State Control, where he had fleeting personal contact with Lenin. He then served with the Red Army on the Polish and Ukrainian fronts and was wounded and shell-shocked.

From 1920 he worked as a pianist for silent films, and in 1922 entered the Moscow Conservatory to study under [a717288] and [a920313], graduating in 1925. During his Conservatory years he composed several romances, four piano sonatas.

That year as his graduation, he joined the Moscow branch of the Association of Contemporary Music. He became director of chamber music for the Association of Contemporary Music, and then worked as a radio music editor.

In his prime (1926-28) his work was devoted to the ideas of the new, “modern” music, including constructivism. His music was often performed in Moscow. During those years his best works were composed and performed: Piano concerto no. 1 for small orchestra (1927), a symphonic episode “Factory. Music of machines” (1926-28); vocal pieces “Three children’s sketches” (1926), “Four newspaper announcements (1926). However many of Mosolov’s works were never performed in his life-time (e.g., the First String Quartet, a chamber opera “A Hero” (1928). Many of his early works were lost.

His works were often taken to embody the new brutalism and worship of the machine, and his most famous composition is the orchestral piece Iron Foundry (Zavod), a movement from a ballet entitled Steel (1927).

Later Mosolov fell foul of the musical politics of the USSR and after violent attacks on his reputation by Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians his works were suppressed from publication and performance. In 1936 Mosolov was expelled from the Union of Soviet Composers for 'public drunkenness'. He was sent to Armenia, Kirghizia, Turkmenia and Daghestan to document folksong (and also to 'compose a Turkmen Song about Stalin') before being arrested in 1937 for 'anti-Soviet propaganda' and condemned to eight years in the labour camps. Owing to the intervention of his former teachers he was released in a matter of months and lived on in poor health, still composing and working with folk music but largely denied a hearing by the authorities. Shortly after his death his music began to be revived.

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