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Works for symphony orchestra
- 1948 Glory to Youth. Cantata Symphony
- 1950 The Seagul (Chaika). Symphonic poem
- 1956 2nd edition 1984 Sinfonietta
- 1961 Poem on themes of Russian folk songs.
- 1994 Three Poems for Symphony Orchestra
- 1989 “Lyric Poem” for symphony orchestra
- 1999–2000 Poem for symphony orchestra “Cryptic Area” ( in Russian “Potayonny Krai”)
- 1963 Sonata for violin and piano No.1
- 1974 Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
- 2001 Trio for piano, violin and cello.
- 2002 Sonata for violin and piano No.3
- 2004 Poem for violin and piano.
Essential vocal works
- 1947 Six romances for medium voice and piano. Words by Ovanes Shiraza.
- 1953 Five romances for high bass or baritone with piano. Words by Alexey Gmyrev.
- 1953 Four romances for bass and piano. Words by Shandor Petefi.
- 1955 Four romances for baritone and piano. Words by Nazym Khikmet.
- 1958 Two romances for medium voice and piano. Words by E. Nechaev and A. Gmyrev.
- 1960 “Fiery years”. Poem for bass and piano.
- 1965 Romances for medium voice and piano. Words by Soviet poets.
- 1967 Seven romances for baritone and piano. Words by Soviet poets.
- 1970 Russian folk songs arranged for high voice and piano.
- 1970 Eight romances, words by Soviet poets for soprano and piano.
- 1971 Ten Russian songs for mezzo-soprano, three flutes and piano. Folk words
- 1972 Five romances for bass and piano. Words by Soviet poets.
- 1975 Russian folk songs for medium voice and piano. Arrangement of M.Kuss.
- 1975–1976 “From poetry of Michelangelo” –vocal cycle for soprano and piano.
- 1981 Russian folk songs for baritone and piano.
- 1983 Russian songs for voice and piano.
- 1981, 1983, 1988 Three note-books of Russian songs for voice and piano. Folk words.
- 1984 Lyrics of Russian poets. Vocal cycle for bass and piano.
- 1988 Russian songs. Issue 3 M. Kuss.
- 1988 Works of Soviet composers for folk voice without accompaniment. Issue 7
- 1988 M.Kuss. Two Pskov songs. Folk words.
- 1990–1992 Lyrics of Russian poets. Vocal cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano.
- 1998 From Tiutchev’ s poetry, Vocal cycle for voice and piano.
- 2003 “Autumn evening”. Vocal cycle for voice and piano. Words by F. Tyutchev. .
- 2005 Lyrics of Ivan Bunin. Vocal cycle for voice and piano.
Margarita Ivanovna Kuss was born in Ryazan on October 13, 1921. From early childhood she had lived in Moscow. Her father, Johannes (Ivan) Petrovich Kuss (Kuus), was from a German-Estonian family. As a German he was exiled from Moscow in pre-war years and subsequently rehabilitated in the middle of the 1950’s. Her mother, Mariya Fedorovna Kuss, a daughter of an Orthodox priest, was a teacher of music.
In 1943 Margarita became a student of the Moscow State Conservatory where she studied composition with Professor V.Y. Shebalin and instrumentation with D.D. Shostakovich. She graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 1948.
In 1949 Margarita became a member of the Union of Composers.
In 1991 she was awarded the title “Honoured Art Worker of the RSFSR”.
Margarita continued to work hard during the last years of her life. She set herself fully to music.
Margarita Kuss died at home in Moscow on December 19th, 2009.