Andrey Petrov

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Andrey Pavlovich Petrov (Russian: Андре́й Па́влович Петро́в; September 2, 1930 – February 15, 2006) was a Russian and Soviet composer. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1980. Andrey Petrov is known for his music for numerous classic Soviet films such as I Step Through Moscow, Beware of the Car, and Office Romance.

Andrey Petrov in 2000

LifeEdit

A native of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Petrov was the son of a military doctor; his mother was an artist. He had little interest in music until, at fourteen, he saw The Great Waltz; after this he decided to become a composer. He studied composition at the Leningrad Conservatory under Orest Yevlakhov.

Petrov is known for his work in various genres; he wrote a number of operas and ballets, as well as symphonic works, incidental and film music, and various songs. He is especially famous for his ballet Creation of the World, based on drawings by Jean Effel. This was performed around the world, with Mikhail Baryshnikov among its first performers. Petrov also scored over eighty films, including the Soviet-American co-production The Blue Bird.

From 1964 until his death Petrov was the head of the St. Petersburg Composers' Union, to which he was introduced by Dmitri Shostakovich. He also founded and served as the general director of a music festival in St. Petersburg. He won numerous prizes and awards; on May 22, 1998, he was made an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg. In 1993 a small planet, asteroid 4785 (Petrov) was named after him. https://minorplanetcenter.net//iau/ECS/MPCArchive/1993/MPC_19930604.pdf

Petrov's wife, Natalya Yefimovna, was a well-known musicologist; his only daughter, Olga, co-wrote a number of his later works.

Andrey Petrov died in St. Petersburg; he is buried at the Volkovskoye Cemetery in the city.

Selected worksEdit

Film music (selected)Edit

Other worksEdit

  • "Poem" for 4 Trumpets, Organ, Strings & Timpani
  • Ballet "The Creation of the World" (1968)
  • Concerto for Violin & Orchestra (1983)
  • Symphony-Fantasy "The Master & Marguerita" (1984)
  • Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (1990)

Honours and awardsEdit

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