Toccata-Poem for Solo Piano
This vibrant and programmatic work by Ukranian composer Zhanna Kolodub brims with energy and strong rhythms. An evocative tour of Eastern European harmonies and flavors.
VIV 616, 16 pages, $9.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Zhanna Efimovna Kolodub, one of Ukraineís leading composers, is Professor of Music at the Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Kiev. She was born into a family of musicians in the city of Vinnitsa on January 1, 1930, and studied violin and piano at Kievís Gleire School of Music, later graduating as a master (docent) from the Kiev State Conservatory. Although she wrote her first musical work at the age of five, she was 24 before she decided to pursue it seriously. Her composition teachers were Professor Liatoshinsky and the man who was to become her husband, Levko Kolodub.
Kolodub writes in many different genres, giving special attention to music for wind instruments, chamber music, and works for children. Her principal compositions are the ballets Snow Queen and Adventures of Vesnianka, Lyrical Scenes of Kiev for symphonic orchestra, Pictures of Nature for chamber orchestra, two sinfoniettas and a partita for string orchestra, several albums for piano, a wind quartet and other wind chamber works. Vocal compositions include international songs, choral and stage music, musicals and scores for movies.
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