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Published on Jan 3, 2009
"Russian Music before M.Glinka"
Dmitry Bortnyansky Дмитрий Бортнянский (1751-1825)
Eight songs and romances, dedicated to the Great Duches Yelizaveta Alekseyevna (1793) Восемь песен и романсов, посвященных Великой Княгине Елизавете Алексеевне (1793)
The Chamber ensemble "Baroque" Natalia Gerasimova - Soprano 1995
Dmitry Stepanovich Bortnyansky
1751 - Born on the 28th of October in the Russian Empire. Russian composer. - He received his first musical education at the music school of his home town. 1758 - He was accepted into the Boys' Choir of the Petersburg Court at the age of seven and he sang in the Imperial Chapel Choir in St. Petersburg. 1776 - Composed operas: "Creonte" and "Alcide" in Venice, and "Quinto Fabio" at Modena - Italy. 1779 - Returned to the court at St. Petersburg. - He became director of the Petersburg Court Musicians. 1786 - Composed four more operas "Le Faucon", "Le Fete du Seigneur", "Don Carlos", and "Le Fils-Rival ou La Moderne Stratonice". 1796 - He became the director of the Imperial Musicians, who flourished under his leadership. - Bortnyanki composed three more operas, numerous Choral works, songs, and chambermusic. The bulk of his life's work consists of diverse choruses and hymns. 1825 - Died in St. Petersburg on 10th of October, and was interred at Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg.