Yevgeny Kirillovich Golubev (born Feb. 16 1910, died 1988) - about whom I seem to be able to obtain relatively little biographical information (aside from what's in Grove V and the Sikorski website, I suppose,) was a student of Nikolai Miaskovskii and a teacher of Alfred Schnittke. He wrote at least 7 symphonies, 21 string quartets, 3 piano concerti, a harp quintet, and other music; from what I have heard of his music he was easily the best of Miaskovskii's many pupils, edging out many much more esteemed. Naturally, Sod's law being what it is (or is that Sod's corollary to Murphy's law?,) while there were some few LPs of his music, there is not a whit of it on CD.

I think this calls, if nothing else, for one of my typical prosaic worklist/rescue attempts of the AR variety such as I have already made available for Miaskovskii and Vainberg (for what it's worth *g*)...

By the way, according to, some Golubev was played in a live concert on Feb. 10 2002. Not completely forgotten, it would seem! :) Good for Nino Barklaya!

Other pupils of Golubev include Andrey Golovin, Alexander Koblyakov, and Andrei Eshpai.

Once more into the!
(Date begun: January 21, 2001. Edited May 14, 2006.)

(Note: there is a more substantial page devoted to Golubev's music here.)


Symphony 1 (on a Russian folk-tune), op. 11 (34). (Republished? 1986.)

(Information on syms 2-4 can be found at Mr. Rijen's page just referred to above.)

Symphony 5, op. 45. (1967) In a minor. 4 movements (the third following into the finale attacca.) Very memorable scherzo. G. (Gennady, I think) Provatorov prob. the conductor on the Melodiya recording.

Symphony 6, op. 51. (1976) (avail. e.g. in the Bayer State Libr. Munich)

Symphony 7, op. 67 "Heroic" (1979) Slow movement contains a reference to the central theme of the slow movement of the 9th quartet (or are they both references to something else? Someone more informed than I might recognize the tune.) (Recorded by the USSR Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra conducted by G. (Gennady?) Provatorov.) According to this thread of a discussion, the movements are titled War, Far the Fallen, Resurrection, and The Way to Glory (Der Weg zum Ruhm.)


Piano concerto no. 1, op. 24. (in A minor) 1942 (1944?). (Republished with the other two concerti in reduction 1975. Reduction published earlier in 1960.) (May have been performed in 1985 with Vladimir Bunin, piano, G. Cherkasov, conducting. Thanks to information on a cached page from the website for that information, via Google. There is a recording - C10 27953 Melodiya - USSR TV/Large Radio SO, Cherkasov, Bunin. Thanks to Mr. Rijen's page for this info- also listed is a movement breakdown etc..)

Piano concerto no. 2, op. 30. In B-flat major? 1949. (pub. 1958) Recorded 1965? (Yes. - 2006 edit)

Piano concerto no. 3, op. 40. In g minor? Dedicated to and recorded by (1960?) Tatiana Nikolaeva (who also studied with Golubev.) (Conducted by Anosov in recording. This recording has now been reissued, with the 4th piano sonata.)

Violin concerto, op. 56. Arrangement published 1973.

Cello concerto, op. 41, d minor. (Sikorski-Verlag claims op. 46.) 1957. Arrangement published 1961. Full score published 1985. (Also distributed by Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers, whose page claims approx. duration 15' and orchestration 3 flutes 2 oboes 2 clarinets 2 bassoons, 3 horns 2 trumpets 3 trombones 1 tuba, timpani/percussion/harp/strings, listing GSR as publisher.) This work was recorded by Rostropovich with Svetlanov conducting the USSR State Symphony Orchestra (see

Viola concerto, op. 47. (arr. for viola and piano pub. 1965 by Muzyka)

Concerto aria, op. 46/4. (Three versions: Cello, 3 Celli and 2 pianos, ensemble of celli with piano.) Published 1966.

Miscellaneous Orchestral Works.

Ukrainian Rhapsody, op. 81. (G minor.) (1982?) (See again - a cached page thereof via Google (may no longer be at the main site, in which case I will change this link - performance by an orchestra with Cherkasov conducting. Whether a broadcast tape or a commercial recording is unclear. Commercial recording exists with Cherkasov and Bunin (piano), C10 27953. This is an orchestration of opus 14 for piano. Thanks again to Mr. v. Rijen's site.))

Piano sonatas and other piano music.

Piano sonata no. 1, op. 2. (pub. 1944.)

Piano sonata no. 3, op. 9. (1959)

Five pieces for piano after Lermontov, op. 18. (Ed. note here: I think that's the title...) (1949?) (1940s any case.) (Koninklijke Bibliotheek has a copy labeled simply 1940.)

Piano sonata no. 4, op. 22. (1946) (Recorded by Nikolaeva and now available on a Melodiya CD with the 3rd piano concerto.)

Piano sonata no. 5, op. 35. (1957)

Piano sonata no. 6, op. 54. (poss. written in the '70s? — pub. 1971.) (To the memory of Myaskovsky. In one movement, an Andante severo introduction preceding a sonata‐structure mostly in D minor and opening Allegro rubato, con slancio.)

Piano sonata no. 7, op. 65. (pub. 1979)

Piano sonata no. 8, op. 71. (pub. 1979)

Piano sonata no. 9, op. 72. (pub. 1979)

Piano sonata no. 10, op. 74. (1980) "Quasi toccata."

Eight metaphors for piano, op. 90. (pub. 1990.)

Poem, for piano, op. 1. (pub. 1933.)

Ukrainian Rhapsody for piano, op. 14. (Pub. 1937.)

Det'skii Al'bom, op. 27. (1947.)

Vstaroi Ruze (At Old Ruza.) Pieces for piano, op. 32. (1953.)

Andante, op. 24. (Arranged from the piano concerto, published in a set of piano works.)

Fortepiannye otkliki, op. 79.
Ballada. (1967)

String Quartets.

String quartet no. 2, op. 31. (1952.)

String quartet no. 3, op. 38. (1956.)

String quartet no. 4, op. 44. (1963.)

String quartet no. 5, op. 48. (1966.)

String quartet no. 6, op. 52. (1971.)

String quartet no. 7, op. 53. (1970.)

String quartet no. 8, op. 57. (1972, pub. with qt. 9.) (3 movements- an a minor theme and variations, a curious slow movement, and a very strange but also - fun - A major finale.)

String quartet no. 9, op. 58. (Very fine piece in 3 movements. First movement "Allegro risoluto" opens in d, ends in b, full of sharp gestures and metamorphosing scales. Second, slow, lyrical movement "Adagio" goes from C to D with an E major "Pietoso" middle section which shares a theme with the 7th symphony's slow movement. The d minor toccata-style finale "Allegro energico", in an interesting 3/8+2/8+3/8 meter, is striking.)

String quartet no. 10, op. 59. (1974.) (Recorded on LP.)

String quartet no. 11, op. 61. (1974.) (Recorded on LP, with quartet 10.)

String quartet no. 12, op. 63. (1975) Published together with the 13th quartet.

String quartet no. 13, op. 64. (1975)

String quartet no. 14, op. 68. (1976) Quartets 14-17 published as a unit.

String quartet no. 15, op. 69. (1976) (Recorded with the cello sonata and the Gorodetskii settings.)

String quartet no. 16, op. 70. (1977)

String quartet no. 17, op. 73. (1977)

String quartet no. 18, op. 75. (1981) Quartets 18-21 published as a unit. The first movement particularly of this two-movement piece is grabbing. (I'm guessing on the opus numbers on quartets 18-21, since op. 74 and 79 are taken and I assume 75-8 would be a consecutive group in that order since the quartets were published as one book; but I might be mistaken.)

String quartet no. 19, op. 76. (1981)

String quartet no. 20, op. 77. (1981)

String quartet no. 21, op. 78. (1981)

String quartet no. 22, op. 83. (pub. 1986 with Epitaphs on Dostoyevsky for viola solo.)

Other chamber music.

Piano quintet, op. 20. (pub. 1944, repub. 1971)

Cello sonata, op. 60. (1975) (Recorded 1970s, with the 15th quartet and the Gorodetskii settings. Cello part edited by Sergei Z. Aslamazjan.)

Quintet for harp and strings, op. 39. In c minor. Recorded 1960. (Apparently, in E minor according to Mr. v Rijen's page. Haven't seen it, and while I have heard it, not recently. Will check!)

Quartet for two flutes and two harps, op. 49 pub. 1990.

Nocturne for harp solo, op. 91/2 pub. 1990

Violin sonata, op. 37. (pub. 1955) (performed at UC Berkeley in the last few years, by the way.)

Trumpet sonata, op. 36 no. 2 in E-flat. (pub. 1963) (I've skimmed this score - one movement, several sections, fun piece. Doesn't look easy, does look worth doing.)

Poeme, for violin and piano, op. 3. (pub. 1935)

Epitaphs on Dostoyevsky for viola solo, op. 82 (pub. 1986 with the 22nd quartet.)

Classical scherzo for bassoon and piano, op. 55 no. 1. (Published in a collection of "New Works of Soviet Composers.")

Two etudes, solo cello, op. 46. (pub. in a collection in 1983 edited by A.P. Stogorskii.)

Vocal music.

Five poems on texts by Tyutchev, op. 86. (For bass or baritone and piano.) (Published 1989.)

Three settings of Gorodetskii, op. 62. (For medium voice and piano.) (pub. 1977.) (Recorded with quartet 15 and the cello sonata.)

Return of the Sun, oratorio. Recorded in 1984 (cond. Fedoseyev.) (published in 1937, his opus 12.)

"Harp" for tenor and harp. op. 91, no. 1. words by Gorodetskogo. pub. 1990.

"Poet's Death." To words by Lermontov. Premiered by the Moscow State Conservatory Chamber Chorus, 1999. (See their page.)

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