(b. 4 December 1930, Moscow).
Russian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and choral works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Prof. Ledenyov studied composition with Yevgeny Messner, Vissarion Shebalin and Sergei V. Yevseyev at the Central Music School in Moscow from 1942–48. He then studied composition with Anatoly N. Alexandrov and Nikolai Rakov at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1948–55 and had postgraduate studies in composition with Anatoly N. Alexandrov there from 1955–58. He later received an honorary doctorate from the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in 1984.
Among his honours are the title People's Artist of Russia (1995) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1997, for Symphony in Simple Modes: Russia – Green and Snow White and Concert Variations: Metamorphoses on J. S. Bach's Theme). His music has been performed throughout Europe, as well as in Israel and Japan.
He is also active in other positions. He served as secretary of the Soyuz Kompozitorov Rossy – Composers Union of Russia from 1970–73 and has again served as its secretary since 1985.
He taught music theory at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory from 1956–64, where he has taught composition since 1979 and has been Professor of Composition since 1991.
In addition to the works listed below, Prof. Ledenyov has composed several song-cycles, didactic music, film and TV scores, and much music for radio and stage productions.
His primary publisher is Kompozitor, though Editio Musica Budapest and Edition Peters are the publishers in Europe of some music.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Fairy Tale of the Green Balloons (ballet in 1 act, scenario by Vladimir Lugovskoy), large orchestra, 1964 (a concert suite was arranged)
The Scottish Landscape, harp, string orchestra, 1960
Concerto, violin, large orchestra, 1964
Concerto–Poem, viola, small orchestra (4 flutes, bassoon, vibraphone, strings), 1964
Concerto–Nocturne, flute, orchestra (2 harps, guitar, piano, celesta, organ, harpsichord, percussion, c. 15 violins, c. 15 violas), 1964
Fairy Tale of the Green Balloons, large orchestra, 1967 (concert suite from ballet)
Concerto–Elegy, cello, orchestra, 1980
Concerto–Romance, piano, small orchestra (6 winds, 2 French horns, harp, timpani [+ vibraphone], strings), 1981
Concert Recitation, cello, small orchestra (6 winds, 3 French horns, harp, celesta, timpani, percussion, strings), 1990
Symphony in Simple Modes: Russia – Green and Snow White, large orchestra, 1991
Concert Variations: Metamorphoses on J. S. Bach's Theme, viola, 17 strings, 1993
Something Unclear (concert fantasy), violin, orchestra, 1995
Variations on F. Haydn's Theme, 1996
Con sordini (Little Requiem), viola, string orchestra, 1998
Konzertstück on a Theme from J. S. Bach's Prelude 'Curtsey', clarinet/violin, viola, piano, 17 strings, 1999
Triptych in Memory of Sviridov, violin, viola, cello, string orchestra, 1999
The Winter's Path (symphonic novel), large orchestra, 2001
Portrait of a Maestro, viola, 17/30 strings, 2002
Unfinished Piece, small orchestra (14 players), 2003
String Quartet, 1958
Six Pieces for String Quartet and Harp, harp, string quartet, 1966
Ten Sketches, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 1967
Seven Moods, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 1967 (also version for string quartet, c. 1970)
Three Nocturnes, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1968
Popevki – Tunes (5 pieces), string quartet, 1969
Four Images, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, celesta (+ piano, harpsichord), percussion, 1972
The Elegiac Sextet, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1982
Memories (6 pieces), E-flat clarinet, clarinet, F-tenor clarinet, bass clarinet, 1987
Four Chorale Preludes, E-flat clarinet, clarinet, F-tenor clarinet, bass clarinet, 1989
Three Miniatures, string quartet, 1998
Contrasts (in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich), string quartet, 2000
Two Pieces in Folk Style, bayan, 1999–2003
Four Sacred Psalms (texts from prayers of the Russian Orthodox Church), mixed chorus, 1991
The Seasons of the Year, 2 mixed choruses, flute, English horn, harp, celesta, percussion, 1991
Six Fragments from the All-Night Vigil (texts from prayers of the Russian Orthodox Church), mixed chorus, 1994
Nocturnes (Eichendorff Diptych) (text by Joseph von Eichendorff [also Russian translation]), mixed chorus, 1996
A Wreath for Sviridov (texts from prayers of the Russian Orthodox Church, Sergei Yesenin, Alexander Blok, Vladimir Kostrov), mixed chorus, 1998
From 'The Book of Prayers' (text by Rainer Maria Rilke [also Russian translation]), mixed chorus, 2000
Hymns of Russia, 9 mixed choruses, 2003
Five Sacred Works (texts from prayers of the Russian Orthodox Church), mixed chorus, piano (+ small bell from the Valdaysky District), string quartet, 2004
Russian Pictures, 10 mixed choruses, 2004
The Colour Cards, 2002
German Songs (folksongs from Germany), soprano, tenor, ensemble, 1996
Six Pieces for String Quartet and Harp; Popevki. Lyudmila Snegireva, harp; Alexander Balashov, Andrei Shishlov, violins; Alexander Galkovsky, viola; Alexander Korchagin, cello (Melodiya: S 1006185/86) (LP)
Concerto–Elegy. (Melodiya: S 1017373) (LP)
Fairy Tale of the Green Balloons (concert suite); Concerto–Romance. Roman Ledenyov, piano; Vladimir Fedoseyev/Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Melodiya: S 1021703/04) (LP)
Concerto–Poem. Fyodor Druzhinin, viola; Vladimir Yesipov/Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Melodiya: 33 D-025045/46) (LP)
String Quartet. Prokofiev String Quartet (Melodiya: 33 D-025117/18) (LP)
Six Pieces for String Quartet and Harp. (Panton: 110342-366) (LP)
Ten Sketches. Classic-Avant-Garde (Quantaphon: 25.926, 1999)
Russian Landscape in the Background from Two Pieces in Folk Style. Friedrich Lips, bayan (Lips/Stereo Austro Mechana: CD 011, 1999)
A Wreath for Sviridov. Boris Tevlin/Chamber Choir of the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Chamber Choir of the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, 2000)
The Scottish Landscape. Yuri V. Silantyev/State Symphony Cinema Orchestra (AKB/State/Derzhava, 2001)