Ledenyov, Roman (b. December 4, 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 O. Messner, Vissarion Shebalin and Sergey V. Yevseyev at the Central Music School in Moscow from 1942-48. He then studied composition with Anatoly N. Aleksandrov and Nikolay Rakov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow from 1948-55 and had post-graduate studies in composition with Anatoly N. Aleksandrov there from 1955-58. He later received an honorary doctorate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1984.
His honors include the title People's Artist of Russia (1995) and the State Prize of Russia (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 Composers Union of Russia from 1970-73 and has again served as its secretary since 1985.
He taught music theory at the Tchaikovsky 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 and much incidental music for film, radio, stage, and TV productions.
Kompozitor is the principal publisher of his music in Russia, but Editio Musica and Edition Peters publish some scores in Europe.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Street address: Prof. Roman Ledenyov, ul. Studenchenskaya 44, korp. 28, kv. 118, 121165 Moscow, Russia
Telephone: + 709 5249 5850
Fax: + 709 5535 1582
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
STAGE: Fairy Tale of the Green Balloons (1 act ballet, scenario by Vladimir Lugovskoy), large orchestra, 1964 (a suite was arranged)
ORCHESTRAL: 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 (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
CHAMBER MUSIC: String Quartet, 1958; Six Pieces for String Quartet and Harp, 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 (+ harpsichord, piano), percussion, 1972; The Elegiac Sextet, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1982; Memories (6 pieces), E-flat clarinet, clarinet, F-clarinet, bass clarinet, 1987; Four Choral Preludes, E-flat clarinet, clarinet, F-clarinet, bass clarinet, 1989; Three Miniatures, string quartet, 1998; Contrasts (in memoriam Dmitry Shostakovich), string quartet, 2000; Two Pieces in Folk Style, bayan, 2003
CHORAL: Four Sacred Psalms (texts from Russian Orthodox prayers), mixed chorus, 1991; The Seasons of the Year, small mixed chorus, large mixed chorus, flute, English horn, harp, celesta, percussion, 1991; Six Fragments from the All-Night Vigil (texts from Russian Orthodox prayers), mixed chorus, 1994; Nocturnes (Eichendorff Diptych) (text by Joseph von Eichendorff [also Russian translation]), mixed chorus, 1996; A Wreath for Sviridov (texts from Russian Orthodox prayers, Sergey Yesenin, Aleksandr Blok, V. 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 Russian Orthodox prayers), mixed chorus, piano (+ small Valdaysky bell), string quartet, 2004; Russian Pictures, 10 mixed choruses, 2004
PIANO: The Color Cards, 2002
ORGAN: Mini-Suite, 1968
ARRANGEMENT: German Songs (German folksongs), soprano, tenor, ensemble, 1996
Six Pieces for String Quartet and Harp; Popevki. L. Snegireva, harp; A. Balashov, A. Shishlov, violins; A. Galkovsky, viola; A. Korchagin, cello (Melodiya: S 10-06185/86) (LP)
Concerto-Elegy. (Melodiya: S 10-17373) (LP)
Fairy Tale of the Green Balloons (suite); Concerto-Romance. Roman Ledenyov, piano; Vladimir Fedoseyev/Large TV and Radio Orchestra (Melodiya: S 10-21703/04) (LP)
Concerto-Poem. F. Druzhinin, viola; 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). Fridrich Lips, bayan (Lips/Stereo Austro Mechana: CD 011, 1999)
A Wreath for Sviridov. Boris Tevlin/Chamber Choir of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2000)
The Scottish Landscape. Yury V. Selantyev/All-Union Radio and TV Popular Music Symphony Orchestra (AKB/State/Derzhava, 2001)
(Last updated on August 3, 2004)