Compositions
Galina Ustvolskaya

(1919 - 2006)
Galina Ustvolskaya, was a Russian composer of classical music. From 1937 to 1947 she studied at the college attached to the Leningrad Conservatory. She subsequently became a postgraduate student and taught composition at the college. Her composition teacher Dmitri Shostakovich, said of her: "I am convinced that the music of G. I. Ustvolskaya will achieve worldwide renown, to be valued by all who perceive truth in music to be of paramount importance". On several occasions Shostakovich supported her in the Union of Soviet Composers against opposition from his colleagues. He sent some of his own as yet unfinished works to Ustvolskaya, attaching great value to her comments. Some of these pieces even contain quotations from his pupil’s compositions; for example, he employed the second theme of the Finale of her clarinet trio throughout the Fifth String Quartet and in the Michelangelo Suite (no. 9). The intimate spiritual and artistic relationship between the two composers has been compared to that of Schoenberg and Webern.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Suite for Orchestra

Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Snare drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tam tam, xylophone
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Symphonic Poem No. 1

Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Triangle, tambourine, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, glockenspiel, xylophone, celeste
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Symphonic Poem No. 2

Timpani + 2 percussion + celeste
Snare drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, xylophone, celeste
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Symphony No.1

Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Tambourine, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, xylophone, celeste
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The Dream of Stepan Rasin

Timpani + 2 percussion + celeste
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum
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