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Forgotten Composers: Goltz & Zhelobinsky

Pictured: Valery Zhelobinsky
(Source: Cover Photo, К маме - песня без слов, Russian State Library)

In the 1940's, two promising young composers based in the Soviet Union were lost to this world at ages much too young. Sadly, despite both leaving behind very promising compositions, both composers have failed to enter the standard repertoire in any meaningful way. In fact, it would be more apt to say that both are on the verge of being completely forgotten. Neither managed to gain any real standing outside of the Soviet Union, and still to this day there are very few English (or any other) language resources available which discuss either composer in much detail.

This website aims to serve as a dedicated educational resource, documenting as best as possible the lives and compositional histories of Boris Goltz and Valery Zhelobinsky, an unfortunately difficult task. Hopefully, the end result will be some sort of additional interest in the music of these two composers, leading to additional recordings, sheet music publications, and live performances of their collected works.

Latest Updates:

January 30th, 2019:

- New score typeset/added from the autograph copy - Zhelobinsky, "Small" Quartet for Woodwinds (1946, Unfinished)

January 25th, 2019:

- New autograph scores have been obtained, please visit the "Autograph Scores" page to request via email. They are:

- Chamber Symphony for 10 Instruments, Op. 8/10(bis.) No. 1 (1930)

- Small Concerto for Piano & Small Orchestra, Op. 21, Arranged for Two Pianos, Second Piano ONLY (1933)

- Small Quartet for Woodwind Instruments (WoO, 1946 - Incomplete, only mvmts 1+2 and the beginning of 3).


December 26th, 2018:

- New score typeset/added from the autograph copy - Zhelobinsky, Nocturne Op. 6 No. 1

- New personal recordings are being added to composition information pages, as well as the "Recordings" tab.

- Detailed records for individual compositions continue to be added as time permits.

December 11th, 2018:

- New score added: Zhelobinsky, Mourning Song Op. 27(bis) No. 7

- Composition lists have been updated to reflect the latest findings.
- New section with information on held autograph scores, and how to request added here.

- Mobile website revamped/fixed, now at least somewhat workable.
- New detailed records for individual compositions are being added, one at a time. See composition lists for links.

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