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Alexander Mossolov

Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Александр Васильевич Мосолов

Alexander Vasilievich Mosolov (29 July 1900, Kiev — 11 July 1973, Moscow) was a significant Ukrainian avant-garde composer of the early Soviet era. During the Revolutionary period in 1917-18, Mosolov worked in the office of the People's Commissioner for State Control, where he had fleeting personal contact with Lenin. He then served with the Red Army on the Polish and Ukrainian fronts and was wounded and shell-shocked. From 1920 he worked as a pianist for silent films, and in 1922 entered the Moscow Conservatory to study under Reinhold Glière and Nikolai Myaskovsky, graduating in 1925. During his Conservatory years he composed several romances, four piano sonatas. That year as his graduation, he joined the Moscow branch of the Association of Contemporary Music. He became director of chamber music for the Association of Contemporary Music, and then worked as a radio music editor. In his prime (1926-28) his work was devoted to the ideas of the new, “modern” music, including constructivism. His music was often performed in Moscow. During those years his best works were composed and performed: Piano concerto no. 1 for small orchestra (1927), a symphonic episode “Factory. Music of machines” (1926-28); vocal pieces “Three children’s sketches” (1926), “Four newspaper announcements (1926). However many of Mosolov’s works were never performed in his life-time (e.g., the First String Quartet, a chamber opera “A Hero” (1928). Many of his early works were lost. His works were often taken to embody the new brutalism and worship of the machine, and his most famous composition is the orchestral piece Iron Foundry (Zavod), a movement from a ballet entitled Steel (1927). Later Mosolov fell foul of the musical politics of the USSR and after violent attacks on his reputation by Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians his works were suppressed from publication and performance. In 1936 Mosolov was expelled from the Union of Soviet Composers for 'public drunkenness'. He was sent to Armenia, Kirghizia, Turkmenia and Daghestan to document folksong (and also to 'compose a Turkmen Song about Stalin') before being arrested in 1937 for 'anti-Soviet propaganda' and condemned to eight years in the labour camps. Owing to the intervention of his former teachers he was released in a matter of months and lived on in poor health, still composing and working with folk music but largely denied a hearing by the authorities. Shortly after his death his music began to be revived.

  • Classical
  • World
  • Folk

Title Artist Year Type
Forgotten RussiansVladimir Feltsman - Alexei Stanchinsky, Samuil Feinberg, Nicolas Obouchow, Arthur Lourié, Nikolai Roslavetz, Alexander Mossolov, Sergej Protopopov2019Album
Complete Works For Solo PianoAlexander Mossolov - Olga Andryushchenko2016Album
Klavierwerke Um Den Russischen Futurismus Vol. 3Thomas Günther, Alexander Mossolov2016Album
Klavierwerke Um Den Russischen Futurismus Vol. 1-4Thomas Günther, Nicolas Obouchow, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Sergej Protopopov, Arthur Lourié, Alexander Mossolov, Alexander Scriabine, Igor Stravinsky, Nikolai Roslavetz2016Album
Iron Foundry; Piano Concerto No. 1Alexander Mossolov, Steffen Schleiermacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke2015Album
Cello Concerto No. 2, Symphony In E MajorAlexander Mossolov2009Album
Russian Futurism Volume VAlexander Mossolov • Nikolai Roslavetz • Лев Книппер - Novosibirsk String Quartet2008Album
Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" / Fireworks / Iron Foundry / Juventus / From The Middle AgesLudwig van Beethoven / Alexander Mossolov / Alexander Glazunov - Victor De Sabata2002Compil.
Cello ConcertosSergei Sudzilovsky, Reinhold Glière, Alexander Mossolov1999Album
Soviet Avant-Garde 2Arthur Lourié · Alexander Mossolov · Леонид Половинкин · Nikolai Roslavetz - Steffen Schleiermacher1999Album
Music Of Machines Zavod · Three Children's Scenes · Four Newspaper Ads · Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 5 · Concerto No. 1 For Piano And Orchestra · Two NocturnesAlexander Mossolov1998Compil.
Mossolov • Kabalevsky A.O.Alexander Mossolov • Dmitry Kabalevsky1998Album
Russian Futurism Vol. 1Alexander Mossolov - Daniele Lombardi1997Album
Russian Futurism Vol. 3Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin - Alexander Mossolov, Nikolai Roslavetz, Лев Книппер, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Константин Кримец / Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk String Quartet1997Album
Russian Futurism Vol.1 - Vol.3Alexander Mossolov, Daniele Lombardi, Alexander Goedicke, Julian Krein, Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Georg Kirkor, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Константин Кримец, Vladimir Gontcharov, Gleb Karpushkin, Kyrill Rodin, Andrei Pisarev, Alexei Nesterenko, Nikolai Roslavetz, Лев Книппер, Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk String Quartet1997Album
UntitledAlexander Mossolov, Herbert Henck1996Album
Violin Concerto, String Quartet No.2, Chamber WorksMoscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Alexander Mossolov1996Album
Piano WorksAlexander Mossolov - Daniele Lombardi1995Album
Symphony No.3 / Arcana / Iron FoundrySergei Prokofiev / Edgard Varèse / Alexander Mossolov - Concertgebouworkest, Riccardo Chailly1994Album
Soviet Avant-GardeArthur Lourié, Alexander Mossolov, Sergej Protopopov, Nikolai Roslavetz – Steffen Schleiermacher1994Album
Piano Works: Two Nocturnes • Sonatas 2 & 5Alexander Mossolov - Yuri Lisichenko1993Album
Piano WorksAlexander Mossolov, Rusudan Khuntsaria1991Album
Futuriste Russe - 4 Piano SonatasAlexander Mossolov - Geoffrey Douglas Madge1991Album
Sonaten/Turmenische NächteAlexander Mossolov, Daniele Lombardi1991Album
Music Of The Soviet Composers Of The 20sГавриил Попов / Alexander Mossolov / Алексей Животов / Nikolai Roslavetz – Alexander Lazarev1990Compil.
Russian Songs Of The 1920s / Mélodies Russes Des Années 1920Sergei Prokofiev, Arthur Lourié, Alexander Mossolov, Vladimir Shcherbachov - Natalia Guerassimova / Vladimir Skanavi1990Album
Music Of The First October YearsГавриил Попов • Alexander Mossolov • Алексей Животов • Nikolai Myaskovsky1988Compil.
The Music Of Alexander Mosolov (1900-1973)Alexander Mossolov1987Album
Музыка Первых Лет ОктябряГавриил Попов / Alexander Mossolov / Алексей Животов1987Album
Concerto No.1 For Piano And Orchestra / Iron Foundry / Soldiers' SongsAlexander Mossolov1984Album
Хоры = ChorusesAlexander Mossolov - Хор Русской Народной Песни Всесоюзного Радио, Николай Кутузов1982Album
ПесниAlexander Mossolov - Хор Русской Народной Песни Всесоюзного Радио1975Album
Anthologie De La Musique Russe - Album 2Sergei Prokofiev / Alexander Mossolov / Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff / Aram Khatchaturian / Alexander Scriabine / Dmitry Kabalevsky / Igor Stravinsky / Dmitri Shostakovich - Pierre Dervaux1959Album
Sensemaya, Cuauhnahuac / Iron Foundry / EspañaSilvestre Revueltas / Alexander Mossolov / Emmanuel Chabrier - The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Argeo Quadri1955Album
Russian Modern MusicDmitri Shostakovich, Юлій Мейтус, Alexander Mossolov, Orchestre Symphonique De Paris Conducted By Julius Ehrlich1938Album
Front Road Piano Concerto No. 1 Collective Farm Meadows ZavodAlexander MossolovAlbum
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