featured on these lists

All Listed Works Edition Silvertrust
Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin (1902-1963)

Nationality: Russian | Soviet
Born: June 11, 1902, Omsk Died: May 29, 1963, Moscow (age 60)

String Quartet No. 4 in g minor, Op. 29

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivo. Alla marcia
IV. Andante - Allegro
Duration: 31 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1940 (age 37-38)
1 recordings, 1 videos
autoopen autoplay
31:04
Krasni Quartet
From Edition Silvertrust

Vissarion ShebalinWriting of his visit to Shostakovich, the Polish composer Krzystztof Meyer said that in Shostakovich’s study he found pictures of only three composers: Mahler, Mussorgsky and Shebalin. Not only Shostakovich but most of Shebalin’s contemporaries regarded him as being in the front rank of composers from their generation. Vissarion Shebalin (1902-63) was born in Omsk, Siberia where he began his musical studies. Later at the Moscow Conservatory, he studied under Myaskovsky. During the 1920’s he was attracted by modernism, but during the 1930’s he was drawn to traditionalism with its attachment to folkloric melodies. By 1942, he was appointed director of the Moscow Conservatory. When Stalin came to power, Shebalin was forced, as were all of the other major Soviet composers, to find some sort of modus vivendi with Socialist Realism. Although his music is well-known within Russia, it is virtually never heard outside of it. Chamber music always interested Shebalin and constitutes a sizable part of his output. His nine string quartets span the length of his entire career from student right up until his death. They are an important body of work which deserves to be better known and to be performed.

String Quartet No.4 in g minor dates from 1940 and is dedicated to the memory of Sergei Taneiev. It begins with an Allegro which is more leisurely than fast. A languid, reflective Andante comes next and is followed by a very effective Vivo, alla marcia, the main section is played entirely pizzicato. A contrasting and mysterious trio compliments this excellent movement. The Andante—Allegro which concludes the quartet begins with a somber introduction to the quicker main section. The first theme is a quote from Taneyev. (The String Trio in D) However, the music does not sound like that composer. It is, an eclectic mix of the major elements from the late 19th century through the mid 20th. Throughout this impressive movement, one can hear themes of both Borodin and Glière, though filtered through the prism of Russian modernism.

© Edition Silvertrust. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Related Composers

Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950)
Teacher
Nationality: Russian | Soviet
Born: April 20, 1881, Modlin, Poland Died: August 8, 1950, Moscow (age 69)
Karen Khachaturian (1920-2011)
Student
Nationality: Armenian | Russian | Soviet
Born: September 19, 1920, Moscow Died: July 19, 2011, Moscow (age 90)
Edison Denisov (1929-1996)
Student
Nationality: Russian | Soviet
Born: April 6, 1929, Tomsk Died: November 24, 1996, Paris (age 67)
Ester Mägi (born 1922)
Student
Nationality: Estonian
Born: January 10, 1922, Tallinn (age 99)
Lydia Auster (1912-1993)
Student
Nationality: Estonian
Born: May 30, 1912, Petropavlovsk Died: April 3, 1993, Tallinn (age 80)
Grigory Samuilovich Frid (1915-2012)
Student
Nationality: Russian
Born: September 22, 1915, Petrograd Died: September 22, 2012 (age 97)
Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007)
Student
Nationality: Russian
Born: June 10, 1913, Yelets Died: August 14, 2007, Moscow (age 94)
Sergei Slonimsky (1932-2020)
Student
Nationality: Russian
Born: August 12, 1932 Died: February 9, 2020, St. Petersburg (age 87)