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Nikolai Golovanov (Conductor)

Nikolai Golovanov (1891 - 1953)

Chief conductor of the Bolshoi theater in 1948-53 yr

"to the Bolshoi theater Nikolai semenovich returned many years of his life. There are the moments, when not it was it in the theater. But then it again returned. Its last arrival in the large was marked by the creative victories of the renowned association. Under his management and with direct participation were created such settings, as "Boris Godunov", "khovanshchina", "charge", which can be named apical achievements, possibly, during entire history of theater...

About it it is possible with the good reason to say that it burnt in the work. And this property left it never. This combustion and complete samootdacha of conductor infected singers and musicians. With Golovanov could not be sung or played "vpolsily". This was excluded. Therefore sounding orchestra under control of Golovanov was always especially emotional and bright. It could not be entangled with what other. Excellent expert of vokala (pupil of synodal chorus), Nikolai semenovich required of the orchestra first of all of "singing". And orchestra in it always sang, and this quality is very valuable, especially in the instrument performance ".
Yevgeny Svetlanov

He was borne 9 (21) January of 1891 in Moscow. In 1910 graduated from the synodal school of church singing, 1914- m - the Moscow conservatory, where was obtained composer diploma. At completion of school it was appointed as the assistant of the regent of synodal chorus, fulfilled also the post of the instructor of school. In 1915 it made a debut as symphonic conductor.

The independent nature and steep disposition, characteristic to Golovanov, complicated to it life, including in the Bolshoi theater. Twice it was forced to leave it, but it always returned. Golovanov worked in the large since 1915 on 28-1 (up to 19th g. as the choirmaster), then from 1930 through 36-1. In 1948 it was appointed as chief conductor, and this post preserved already to its quite death.

In 1919 together with Stanislavski1 it organized the operatic studio of the Bolshoi theater, in the course of time which was being transformed into the operatic theater im. K. s.Stanislavskiy, musical leader of whom Golovanov became in 1938.

In the 20‘s he was the artistic leader of the chamber concerts in the large hall of Moscow conservatory, organized by the professorate of konservatoriii by the corporation of the artist- soloists of the Bolshoi theater.

Accompanied Aysedore Duncan on its Moscow concerts.

"A.V.Nezhdanova, V.I.Kachalov and I were the pioneers of our radiobroadcasting," - on 8 September, 1924, was transmitted the first radio-concert with the participation of the artists of the Bolshoi theater. In 1929- X g. operatic radio-theater created. In y9e0g. he became chief conductor and this theater, and Moscow radio center. But subsequently headed the large symphonic orchestra of the All-Union radio, into name of which in the course of time was added the "television" (1937-53 yr.).

In 1925-48 yr. (with the interruptions) he was the professor of the orchestral and operatic classes of Moscow conservatory. "very important in my konservatorskoy activity I consider the creation of large student orchestra".

It came out as pianist, in essence, in the ensemble with its wife - by great Russian singer, by the soloist of the Bolshoi theater Antonina Vasilyevna nezhdanovoy.

The creative heritage of Nikolai Golovanov counts 46 opuies, including one-act operas "princess yurat" and "Herculean barrow", symphony, symphonic poems, overture. It the author is more than two hundred romances. Being deeply religious person; it also wrote spiritual music.

In the Bolshoi theater were carried out the settings it leaned:

"prince Igor" A. Borodin (1920)

"Yevgeny Onegin" P. Tschaikovsky (1921)

"night before Christmas" Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov(1923)

The "sorochinskaya fair" Of m. musorgskogo (1925) - the first setting of the editorial staff Of yu. sakhnovskiy

"May night" Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov(1926)

"love for three oranges" Of s. Prokofiev (1927)

"Ruslan and Ludmila" Of m. glinkya (1931)

"pskovityanka" Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov -Korsakova (1931)

the "gold cockerel" Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov (1932)

"legend about the invisible hail To kitezhe and the virgin Of fevronii" N. Roman -Korsakova (1934)

the "quiet Don" of i. Dzerzhinskiy (1936)

"charge" N. Roman -Korsakova (1943)

"Boris Godunov" Of m. musorgskogo (1948)

"khovanshchina" Of m. musorgskiy (1950)

But was also placed here the operetta "excellent Helen" Of zh. Offenbach (1924, the first setting on the Russian scene) and the following ballets:

"Punchinello" Of i. stravinskiy (1921)

the "grotto of Venus" (ballet scene from the opera Of r. Wagner‘s "Tangeyzer")

"Spanish kaprichchio" to the music Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov

"shekherazada" to the music Of n. rimskogo-Korsakov (everything - in 1923)

In 1923 together with director Vladimir losskiy placed famous play -kapustnik "Hispalensis barber by dybom", that parodied avangradnuyu direction, in particular, Meyerkhol‘da. All female roles fulfilled men, man - woman. (Nezhdanova it sang graph Al‘mavivu.)

Nikolai Golovanov was four times honored Stalin (state OF THE USSR) reward - into 1946, 1949, 1950 and 1951. In 1948 to him was appropriated the title "people artist OF THE USSR".

He died in Moscow on 28 August, 1953, it was buried on The novodevich‘em cemetery.

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