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Alexey Muravlev

The RF Honoured Arts Worker, the holder of the USSR State Prize, the prize-winner of International Contests, The Russian Performing Art Foundation award winner, Full Professor at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.




Alexey Muravlev was born on May 4, 1924 in the city of Tbilisi (Georgia). That same year saw his mother move to Leningrad together with her son to join Alexeys father who then worked and lived there. At the age of 3 his mother and grandmother began teaching him to play the piano and introduced the boy into Rudiments of Music. Aged 4, he met Alexander.Glazunov, at that point in time Director of the Leningrad conservatoire. The latter kindly approved of his study of music predicting Alexeys success which was to come in the musical field. In 1932 Alexey Muravlev entered the Special Group for Gifted Children by the Leningrad conservatoire to be taught the piano by Associate Professor P.Linde (a pupil of F.Bloomenfeld). 1936 brought him to the ten-grade Musical School by the conservatoire to study with the same teacher. His first instructor in Theory of Music (out of school) was G.Rimsky-Korsakov, a grandson of the renowned composer. In 1938 he took up Composing under the guidance of A.Gladkovsky who taught Harmony at the same school. In 1939 his supervision helped Alexey create A Romance for a Trio (Pianoforte, Violin and Violoncello) sacred to the memory of P.Chaykovsky that was accorded wide recognition and has enjoyed public performance to this day. In 1941, the day before the Great Patriotic War broke out, A.Muravlev had successfully passed the final exam in Piano Playing. Then, a week before the Siege of Leningrad began, his family and he had been evacuated to the Ural Region where he entered two departments of the Sverdlovsk conservatoire: the Piano Department where he became a student of Professor N.Golubovskaya, and the Composers Department to study under Professor M.Frolov. In 1942 he was granted admission to the Composers Union and became the winner of the Second Prize at the Great Patriotic War Songs Contest for his Guerilla Song for a Chorus With Accordion. The First Prize was never awarded. In 1944 he was transferred to the Moscow conservatoire and entered the Composers Class under Professor V.Shebalin and the Piano Class under Professor G.Neygauz. In 1947 Alexey Muravlev took part in the International Youth Festival in Prague and got the First Prize at the Young Composers Contest for his Pianoforte Cyclus Skazy (Legendry). 1949 witnessed his graduating magna cum laude from the Moscow conservatoire under Professor Y.Shaporin with a degree in Composition. In 1950 he was awarded the State Prize for his symphonic poem The Azov-Mountain (based on Bazhovs legendry That Special Name from his book Malachite Casket). This musical piece turned out appealing to many famous conductors like E.Svetlanov, V.Fedoseev, C.Velekhov (Czechoslovakia), L.Stokovsky (USA), and others. Starting from 1950 A. Muravlev had actively worked in the field of film music and this activity lasted almost incessantly till 1992. This period gave birth to the soundtracks for more than 150 films (feature films, documentaries and popular-science). Here we could name The White Poodle, The House with the Mezzanine" [Maison with Attic / An Artist's Story], Clouds over Borsk, A Wonderful Story, Akin to a Fairy-Tale (based on the fairy-tale The Ugly Duckling by Andersen), The Magic Lamp of Aladdin (Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag), Wreck, The Unforgettable (based on the wartime stories by A.Dovzhenko), Scorched Birch, Semen Dezhnev, Off-Hour, The Story of a Merchants Daughter and the Mystic Flower (based on the fairy-tale The Scarlet Floweret by S.Aksakov), two episodes (N4 and N16) from the series The Unknown War and many others. In 1961 Alexey Muravlev became one of the Cinematographers Union members. Along with film music, he kept on composing symphonic, chamber and instrumental, and vocal music, never ignoring new fields like music for folk musical instruments, choral and organ music, expanding his genre range.

He began his teaching career in 1967. Till 1971 he worked at Moscow State Institute of Culture, and starting from 1972 he has been employed at the State Musical Institute of Education after the Gnesins (currently known as the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music). Since 1974 he has been teaching a special course of study in Composition. Over 30 students with a degree in Composition graduated from the Academy under his guidance. Many of them have become members of the Composers Union of Russia. Some of them are holders of honorary titles and prize-winners of various contests. Among them we can name the RF Honoured Arts Worker V.Pozhidaev, who used to head the folk instruments music workshop at the Moscow Composers Union for many years; the Regional Prize winner, the holder of the All-Union and All-Russian Contests awards V.Gruner; the International Contests honoree N.Makhnovskaya; the All-Russian Contests Prize winner N.Saykovitch. Some of these people currently live and work abroad: O.Sivova (Germany), Y.Pavolotsky (Israel), V.Serykh (Belarus).

In 2000 the Open International Contest of Creative Teams, Soloists-Instrumentalists and Composition (Moscow) awarded Alexey Muravlev the Certificate conferring the title of the First Class Laureate for his Concerto for a Duetto of Psaltery (Russian gusli) with an Orchestra of Russian Folk Musical Instruments transcribed for a folk instruments band.

In 2004 he became the winner of The Russian Performing Art Foundation award.

In 2005 Alexey Muravlev was decorated with the Order of Honour.

In 2008 at the 7th International Contest Don Vincenzo Vitti (Bari, Italy) his Moon Diptych for a Violoncello and a Pianoforte won him the First Prize.

Works for piano

"The Tale" (five pieces) op.5
mp3 - Y.Muravlev

Elegia and Russian scherzo op.6
mp3 - Y.Muravlev

Three pieces op.15
mp3 - Y.Muravlev

Sonata N1 op.18
mp3 - Y.Muravlev

Three petit sonatinas op.21

"Bylina" op.33

Chamber works

Romance for trio to the Memory of P.Tchaikovsky op.1
(piano, violin and cello)

mp3 - D.Vasiliev (violin), V.Bolschin (cello),
N.Rubinstein (piano)

"Moon diptich" for cello and piano op.27
mp3 - V.Bolschin (cello), N.Rubinstein (piano)

Trio "Musical present"
for piano, violin and cello op.31

mp3 - D.Vasiliev (violin), V.Bolschin (cello),
N.Rubinstein (piano)

Works for orchestra
of Russian folk instruments

Concerto for Gusli's duet (full score)

Works for chorus


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