Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky was a Russian composer. He helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and he was a prolific composer of piano music and chamber music, many of his piano works have been performed by Vladimir Horowitz. He is probably best known in the West for the Comedians Galop from The Comedians Suite, Op.26, Kabalevsky was born in Saint Petersburg. He also dabbled in poetry and painting, in 1925 he joined PROKULL, a student group affiliated with Moscow Conservatory aimed at bridging the gap between the modernism of the ACM and the utilitarian agitprop music of the RAPM. He started to teach in the Moscow Conservatory in 1932, becoming a professor in 1939. During World War II, he wrote patriotic songs, having joined the Communist Party in 1940. He also composed and performed many pieces for silent movies and some theatre music, another theory states that Kabalevskys name was only on the list because of his position in the leadership of the Union of Soviet Composers. In general, Kabalevsky was not as adventurous as his contemporaries in terms of harmony and preferred a more conventional diatonicism, interlaced with chromaticism, perhaps Kabalevskys most important contribution to the world of music-making is his consistent efforts to connect children to music. Kabalevsky himself taught a class of seven-year-olds for a time, teaching them how to listen attentively and his writings on this subject were published in the United States in 1988 as Music and education, a composer writes about musical education. In 1961, Kabalevsky made some recordings, conducting his Overture Pathetique, Spring, and Songs or Morning. He was awarded a number of honors for his musical works. Kabalevsky had become quite a force in musical education, Kabalevsky also received the honorary degree of president of the International Society of Musical Education. Kabalevsky wrote for all genres and was consistently faithful to the ideals of socialist realism. In Russia, Kabalevsky is most noted for his songs, cantatas. His notable students included Leo Smit and he died in Moscow on 14 February 1987. Kabalevsky, Dmitry Borisovich, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians edited by S. Sadie, also in Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy Schwarz, Boris. Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, enlarged edition 1917–1981, a History of Russian Music, From Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar. Translated by Arnold J. Pomerans and Erica Pomerans, ISBN 0-520-21815-9 Compositions by Dmitry Kabalevsky A list of Kabalevskys compositions Dmitry Kabalevsky at the Internet Movie Database
Boris Klavdievich Kabalevsky and his son Dmitri and daughter Elena. St. Petersburg, 1909.
Nadezhda Kabalevsky (née Nowicka) and her son Dmitry and daughter Elena. St. Petersburg, 1911.