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Encyclopedia > Igor Markevitch

Igor Markevitch (August 9, 1912 - March 7, 1983) was a Ukrainian composer and conductor. is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A conductor conducting a band at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ...



Born in Kiev, his family moved to Switzerland in 1914. Alfred Cortot discovered his musical ability and took him to Paris in 1926 for training as a composer and pianist, where he would study under Nadia Boulanger. He gained recognition in 1929 with the performance of his Concerto Grosso in Paris. Béla Bartók once described Markevitch as "...the most striking personality in contemporary music..." and cited him as an influence on his own composing. [1] Map of Ukraine with Kiev highlighted Coordinates: , Country Ukraine Oblast Kiev City Municipality Raion Municipality Government  - Mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi Elevation 179 m (587 ft) Population (2005)  - City 3,950,968  - Density 3,299/km² (8,544. ... Alfred Denis Cortot (September 26, 1877 – June 15, 1962) was a French pianist and conductor. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Nadia Boulanger (September 16, 1887 – October 22, 1979) was an influential French composer, conductor, and music professor. ... Béla Bartók in 1927 Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25, 1881 – September 26, 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist and collector of Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. ...

Markevitch made his debut as a conductor at age 18 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As a conductor, Markevitch was well-respected for his interpretations of the French and Russian repertory (such as Tchaikovsky) and of twentieth-century music. He settled in Italy and became an Italian citizen. During the Second World War he was active with the partisan movement. He would relocate to London in 1953, and since 1965 he worked for the Spanish RTVE Orchestra. He died suddenly in Antibes on March 7, 1983. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Dutch: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, KCO) is the best-known and most respected symphonic orchestra in the Netherlands, and is generally considered to be among the worlds finest orchestras. ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, sometimes transliterated as Piotr, Anglicised as Peter Ilich), (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893 (N.S.); April 25, 1840 – October... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Partisans parading in Milan The Italian resistance movement was a partisan force during World War II. // After Italys capitulation on 8 September 1943, the Italian resistance movement became massive. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...

His brother Dimitry Markevitch was a notable musicologist and cellist. Dimitry Markevitch (1923) - 2002) was a Russian concert cellist, researcher, teacher and musicologist. ... A musicologist is someone who studies musicology. ... Alternate meaning: Cello web browser A cropped image to show the relative size of a cello to a human (Uncropped Version) The cello (also violoncello or cello) is a stringed instrument and part of the violin family. ...


Markevitch's first wife was Kyra Nijinska, a daughter of the ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. They had one son, Vaslav, before divorcing. Vaslav Nijinsky as Vayou in Nikolai Legats revival of Marius Petipas The Talisman, St. ...

His second wife was Donna Topazia Caetani, the only child of Don Michelangelo Caetani dei Duchi di Sermoneta and his wife, the former Nobile Cora Maria Antinori, who ran the boutique of the Paris decorating firm Jansen. Their son is the conductor Oleg Caetani, who is presently chief conductor and artistic director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was founded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1934 as one of its radio orchestras. ...

After his wife's death, he became the companion of Carlotta Garriga.



Works by Igor Markevitch include:

  • Partita (1931) for piano and small orchestra
  • L'Envol d'Icare (1932) Ballet for orchestra
  • Le Paradis Perdu (1934-35) Oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico (1940) for soprano and orchestra

Partita was originally the name for a single instrumental piece of music (16th and 17th centuries), but Johann Kuhnau and later German composers (notably Johann Sebastian Bach) used it for collections of musical pieces, as a synonym for suite. ... The exact same full name was also carried by his grandson Lorenzo (1492 - 1519), Duke of Urbino, with whom he is sometimes confused. ...


  • Historical, analytical and practical studies of Beethoven symphonies (Die Sinfonien von Ludwig van Beethoven: historische, analytische und praktische Studien; published by Edition Peters, Leipzig, 1982) - popular literature for conductors, although disputed.
Preceded by
Jean Martinon
Principal Conductors, Lamoureux Orchestra
Succeeded by
Jean-Baptiste Mari
Preceded by
Otto Klemperer
Music Directors, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Zubin Mehta
Preceded by
Louis Frémaux
Music Directors, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Lovro von Matačić
Preceded by
Fernando Previtali
Principal Conductors, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Succeeded by
Thomas Schippers

Jean Martinon (January 10, 1910–March 1, 1976) was a French conductor and composer. ... The Orchestre Lamoureux (officially known as the Société des Nouveaux-Concerts and also known as the Concerts Lamoureux) was an orchestral concert society which gave weekly concerts by its own orchestra, founded in Paris by Charles Lamoureux in 1881. ... Otto Klemperer (May 14, 1885 – July 6, 1973) was a German-born conductor and composer. ... The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) (in French: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)) is a major orchestra based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with its home venue at Montreals Place des Arts. ... Zubin Mehta (born April 29, 1936) is an Indian conductor of Western classical music. ... Louis Frémaux (born August 13, 1921 in Aire-sur-Ia-Lys, France) is a French conductor. ... The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (French: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) is the main orchestra in the principality of Monaco. ... Lovro von Matačić (born February 14, 1899 in SuÅ¡ak, died January 4, 1985 in Zagreb) was a Croatian conductor. ... Fernando Previtali (born 16 February 1907 Adria, Italy, died 1 August 1985 in Rome) was an Italian composer and conductor. ... The Orchestra dellAccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is a one of the best-known orchestras in Italy. ... Thomas Schippers (1930-1977) was a prominent American orchestral conductor. ...

External links

  • Biography at Boosey & Hawkes
  • Naxos biography
  • Online biography
  • Another online biography

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Igor Markevitch was one of the greats, as can be heard in the overdue reissue of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony that opens this set.
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