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Opera and lyrical music
Sheet music for Vladimir Ussachevsky
Oboe and piano
Composed by Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990). Oboe & Piano. Modern. Sheet Music. Duration 00:15:00. Edition Peters #EP67112. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP67112).
Pre-recorded electronics, electronic media
Composed by Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990). Score and lp record. 44 pages. Galaxy Music Corporation #7.0229. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.7.0229).
By F. Gerard Errante; William Albright; Lee Jordan-Anders; Nyle Steiner. By F. Gerard Errante; Adolphus Hailstork; Sydney Hodkinson; William O. Smith; Vladimir Ussachevsky; Dana Wilson. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.RR7941).
Soprano & Tenor Voices; Flute, English Horn, Percussion, Viola, Cello, Bass
For soprano, tenor & ensemble. Composed by Faye-Ellen Silverman. Choral. Score. Composed 1991. Duration c 10'. Published by Seesaw Music Corp (SS.50028630).
- Theme and Variations (1935)
- Jubilee Cantata (1938)
- Sonic Contours (1952)
- Fantasy in Space (1952)
- Poem of Cycles and Bells (1954)
- Piece for Tape Recorder (1956)
- Metamorphoses (1957)
- Creation Prologue (1961)
- Suite from No Exit (1962)
- Of Wood and Brass (1965)
- Line of Apogee (1967)
The son of a Russian Army captain, Ussachevsky spent his childhood on the desolate, frigid plains of Manchuria, where his ears were inculcated with traditional Slavonic chants as an altar boy in the Russian Orthodox church. By the time he emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen, he was already a talented pianist with an aptitude for improvisation and a flair for interpretation of the Romantic literature. After obtaining his Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1939, Ussachevsky gained a professorship at Columbia University, a position he held for 34 years. Some of his notable pupils included Charles Dodge, Robert Moog, Alice Shields, Harvey Sollberger, and Charles Wuorinen.
In October 1952, he and Otto Luening gave their now legendary concert of tape music at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the first ever of its kind in the United States. A Rockefeller Foundation grant enabled him to found in 1959, along with his teacher and later collaborator Otto Luening, the first American electroacoustic studio, the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Ussachevsky authored a highly inventive and emotionally expressive body of works, and his unique contributions to the field of early electronic music should not be underestimated.