Vladislav Shoot

(b. 3 March 1941, Voznesensk – d. 9 March 2022, Totnes).

Russian composer, born in Ukraine and later resident in the UK, of orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Shoot studied composition with Nikolay Peyko at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, where he graduated in 1967.

His music has been performed in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA.

He was also active in other positions. He worked as the music editor of the publisher Sovetsky Kompozitor in Moscow from 1967–82. He then served as composer-in-residence to the Dartington Hall Trust from 1992–94.

He lived in the UK from 1992–2022, where he became a citizen in 1994.

He is the father of the composer Eliahu Shoot.

In addition to the works listed below, he wrote scores for many films from 1982–92.

His primary publisher is Edition Peters.





Romantic Messages, bassoon, small orchestra (flute, prepared piano, strings), 1979

Largo Sinfonia, organ, small orchestra (15 players), 1981

Warum?, small orchestra (15 players), 1986

Ex Animo, large orchestra, 1988

Sinfonia da camera No. 4, tam-tam, string orchestra, 1992

Sinfonia da camera No. 5, small orchestra (16 players), 1992

Serenade, string orchestra, 1995

Divertimento, recorders (1 player), vibraphone, string orchestra, 1997

High-Cross Symphony, large orchestra, 1998


Sonata–Fantasia, violin, piano, 1969, revised 2001

Sonata, cello, 1970, revised 1999

Sinfonia da camera No. 1, 4 cellos, double bass, timpani, 1973

Sinfonia da camera No. 2, flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, viola, cello, double bass, 1975

Sonata Breve, flute, 1977

Trio, bassoon, cello, percussion, 1978

Solo per Fagotto, bassoon, 1978

Sinfonia da camera No. 3, flute, oboe, 2 ensembles (3 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion each), 1978

Metamorphosis, alto saxophone, harp, double bass, percussion, 1979

Trio, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 1982

Parable, 6 percussion, 1983

Espressivo, flute, oboe, violin, cello, piano, 1984

Epitaph, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1984

Mini-Partita, viola, piano, 1987

Four Versions, bassoon, string quartet, 1990 (also version for bassoon, violin, viola, cello, 1996)

Offering, violin, cello, piano, 1991

Serenade, string quartet, 1994

Pantomime, flute, harpsichord, 1995

Con Passione, piano, string quartet, 1995

Amoroso, clarinet, string quartet, 1996

Chaconne, accordion, 1999

Pastorale, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 2002

Eternal Rest, 3 percussion, 2002

Suite, string quartet, 2003


She came and went (text by James Russell Lowell), mixed chorus, 2001 (also version for mixed chorus, soprano recorder, 2001)

Two Holy Sonnets (text by John Donne), mixed chorus, 2003


Two Songs of Robert Burns (text by Robert Burns [translated by Samuil Marshak]), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1964, revised 2002

Six Poems by Sergey Gorodetsky (text by Sergey Gorodetsky), high voice, piano, 1970

Gleam of Light (text by Boris Pasternak), middle voice, piano, 1988, revised 2002

Vorgefühl (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), high voice, 2 clarinets (2nd + bass clarinet), viola, cello, double bass, 1993

Four Songs on Words by P. B. Shelley (text by Percy Bysshe Shelley), soprano, string quartet, 1994

Three Songs on Words by Osip Mandelstam (text by Osip Mandelstam), high voice, flute, clarinet, string quartet, 1994

Day and Night (text by Fyodor Tyutchev), high voice, soprano recorder, string quartet, 2000

The Miller's Daughter (text from a folk ballad from the UK), soprano, clarinet, percussion, 2001 (also version for soprano, clarinet, violin, percussion, 2002)


Silhouettes, 1973

Sonatina, 1974, revised 2002


Confession, 1993, revised 2000


Cuckoo's Rhymes (20 Miniatures for Children), violin, piano, 1969, revised 1999

Youth Album, violin, piano, 1971, revised 1999

Children's Album, piano, 1975, revised 1995

Five Easy Pieces, French horn, piano, 1976, revised 2001


Romantic Messages. Valery Popov, bassoon; Valery Polyansky/Orchestra of the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow (Melodiya, 1980) (LP)

Four Versions (original version). Valery Popov, bassoon; Vladimir Ponkin/Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga: MK 417036, 1991)

Warum? Alexei Vinogradov/Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Olympia: OCD 283, 1991)

Trio. Valery Popov, bassoon; Natalya Savinova, cello; Alexander Suvorov, percussion (Olympia: OCD 297, 1993)

Three Songs on Words by Osip Mandelstam. Katia Kichigina, soprano; Oxalys Ensemble (Explicit! Records: E! 99004, 2000)

Ex Animo; Sinfonia da camera No. 5; High-Cross Symphony. Vladimir Ponkin/Rachmaninoff Symphony Orchestra (Sojuz: CD0001, 2003)

Four Songs on Words by P. B. Shelley. Elena Vassilieva, soprano; Quatuor Sine Nomine (Claves: CD 50-2303, 2003)