Sergey Pavlenko

(b. 5 May 1952, Sumy – d. 3 February 2012, Moscow).

Russian composer, born in Ukraine, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Pavlenko studied composition with Nikolai Sidelnikov at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1972–80 and instrumentation with Edison Denisov there from 1972–77.

Among his honours were Premier Prix in the competition for music for saxophone ensemble APES in Paris (1988, for Pastorale), Premier Prix in the competition for sacred music in Fribourg (1996, for Jesu Redemptor Omnium) and the title Composer of the Year from the newspaper Muzykalnoye obozrenie (2002). His music has been performed in Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, the UK, and the USA.

He was also active in other positions. He served as music director of the Taganka Theatre in Moscow from 1976–82.





Rothschild's Violin (choreographic fantasy in 1 act, after Anton Chekhov), 1987


Concerto No. 1, alto saxophone, orchestra, 1975

Concerto, flute, orchestra, 1977

Symphony No. 1, large orchestra, 1979

ConcertoSerenade in Memory of Vladimir Vysotsky, clarinet, string orchestra, 1980

Christmas Capriccio, bassoon, string orchestra, 1980

Adagio in D minor, 1981

Symphony No. 2, large orchestra, 1982

Symphony No. 3, 'Symphony of Lamentations', small orchestra, 1982

The Farewell, string orchestra, 1983

Concerto No. 1, cello, orchestra, 1983

Symphony No. 4, large orchestra, 1985

Concerto, oboe, string orchestra, 1986

Concerto, small orchestra (11 winds, 11 brass, 5 percussion), 1989

Sinfonia humana, string orchestra, 1989

Treverseum, 6 percussion, small orchestra, 1992

Ives-Composition: Concerto No. 2, cello, string orchestra, 1993

The Princess Dream (symphonic poem), 1994

Stance: Concerto No. 2, soprano saxophone, small orchestra, 1994

De Profundis (concerto grosso no. 1), violin, viola, orchestra, 2000

Sinful Music, viola, string orchestra, 2001

Gloria (concerto grosso no. 2), large orchestra, 2003

Pitches of Light, large orchestra, 2003 (section of The Ten Looks, a collaboration with 10 composers from Russia; may be performed separately)

Concertino Rustico, symphonic band, 2003

Te Deum (concerto grosso no. 3), piano, large orchestra, 2005

Saint Petersburg's Dreams (symphonic picture), large orchestra, 2007

Credo (concerto grosso no. 4), cello (+ electric cello), large orchestra, 2008–09


Three Pieces for Contrabass and Piano, double bass, piano, 1973

String Quartet No. 1, 1974

Four Pieces, clarinet, piano, 1974

Sonata, alto saxophone, piano, 1975

Quintet, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1976

Lyrical Poem, flute, piano, 1976

Quartet No. 1, 4 saxophones, 1976

Four Pieces, bassoon, piano, 1977

Sonata for Flute Alone, flute, 1977

Chamber Concerto, oboe, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, harpsichord, 1977

The Portraits, flute, piano, 1978

Hommage, bassoon, string quartet, 1979

Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1979

String Quartet No. 2, 1979

Pas-de-trois, flute, violin, piano, 1979

Variations, trumpet, piano, 1979

Concerto breve, 12 saxophones, 1980

Sonata continuo, bass clarinet, 1980

Games, clarinet, trombone, cello, piano, 1980

Quartet, 4 clarinets, 1980

Message, clarinet, 1980

Duo a tre, bass clarinet, vibraphone (+ marimba), 1981

Sonata for Cello Alone, cello, 1983

Intermezzo, alto saxophone, harp, percussion, 1985

Tapestry, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1987

Retrospection, 6 percussion, 1988

Pastorale, 5 saxophones, 1988

TrioNocturne, flute, bass clarinet, piano, 1989

The Dedication, oboe, alto saxophone, cello, 1989

Lara-Composition, E-flat clarinet, 6 percussion, 1990

Katzenmusik, 6/12 French horns, 1990

ReMarcus, 6 percussion, 1991

The Lilac, E-flat clarinet, viola, piano, 1991

Res facta, 4 cellos, 1993

In Gauguin's Manner, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1994

In Imitation of Denisov, bassoon, piano, 1994

Xenia, harp, 1997

L'Imparfait (hommage en mémoire d'Edison Denisov), flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1997

Partita primitive, 2 violins, 1999, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2001

The Morse Code Alphabet, flute, 2004 (also version for soprano saxophone, 2006)

Equilibrium (quartet no. 2), 4 saxophones, 2006

Ave Maria, 4 cellos, 2006

Postludium, 8 cellos, 2006

A Portrait of the Composer in an Interior, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), French horn, bass trombone, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 2007

Vektorraum, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), trumpet, bass trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2008


Lamm Gottes (texts from liturgical sources in German), female chorus, 2003


The Vologda Wedding (song-cycle, texts from folk tales from Russia), medium voice, piano, 1973

Cantata in Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva (text by Marina Tsvetaeva), soprano, small orchestra, 1976

Cantata in Memory of Osip Mandelstam (text by Osip Mandelstam), soprano, small orchestra, 1978

Site of the Water (text by Federico García Lorca), bass, organ, 1986

Two Sonnets by Philip Sidney (text by Sir Philip Sidney), soprano, cello, organ, 1988

Jesu Redemptor Omnium (hymn), soprano, small orchestra, 1995

Romances sans paroles (song-cycle, text by Paul Verlaine), soprano, clarinet, piano, 1996

The Lagoon (text by Joseph Brodsky), soprano, viola, piano, 1996

du bist der der du bist (text by Franz Mon), mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet), percussion, 2001

Lamento (vocalise, in memoriam Edison Denisov), soprano, small orchestra (16 players), 2004


Sonata No. 1, 1975

Sonata No. 2, 'Fantasia quasi una sonata', 1981

La Musique à bis, 2001

Some frontier states, 2 quarter-tone pianos, 2001


Orgelwerk, 1984


Quasi toccata, 1989


Trio. Tigran Alikhanov Trio (Melodiya: S 1018255, 1982) (LP)

Hommage. Valery Popov, bassoon; Mark Gorenstein/string quartet (Melodiya: S 1018407, 1983) (LP)

The Farewell. Igor Zhukov/Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Olympia, 1990)

Tapestry. Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Olympia: OCD 295, 1992)