Add to favorite
 

   

 Isaac Schwartz


Born:   13 May 1923
Deceased:   27 December 2009

Famous Soviet and Russian composer, the Peoples Artist of Russia.

      

Isaac Schwartz was an outstanding composer, who made a great contribution to the Soviet and Russian cinema and theatre. He is the author of several symphonies, ballets, and music for some dozens of stage plays and 110 films.

Isaac Josephovich Schwarts was born on 13 May 1923 in the city of Romny, Chernigov Region, Ukraine, and grew up in an intelligent and well-educated family. In 1930 the family moved to Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where the boy started playing grand piano in a music school. At the age of 12 Isaac already took part in a youth concert in the Leningrad Philharmonic Hall.

In December 1936 Isaac’s father, philologist Joseph Evseyevich Schwartz (1889—1938), who had suffered infarction shortly before, was arrested by NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs), accused of counterrevolutionary activities and then executed in a prison camp. In summer 1937 the Schwartz family was exiled from Leningrad to Kirgizia. Isaac’s mother got employed at a clothes factory, and the 14-year old Isaac started teaching private piano lessons to children of local officials.

From1938 Isaac Schwartz took composition lessons from the outstanding teacher V.G. Ferre. In the later years of the exile he worked as a concertmaster in Kirgiz State Theatre. During the Great Patriotic War the musician headed the choir and orchestra of the Red Army Song and Dance Company of the Frunze military district.

In 1943 Isaac Schwartz got married and two years later, when the exile term was over, could return to Leningrad. With support of Dmitry Schostakovich he entered the Leningrad Conservatoire. After graduation, in 1954 Schwartz composed his Symphony F-Minor, which gained him first success. In 1955 Isaac Schwartz was admitted to the Composers’ Union of the USSR.

In the following years he composed a range of ballets, music for stage plays (The Idiot, Woe from Wit, and No Man is Wise at All Times staged by Tovstonogov, etc.) and feature films (altogether more than 110 movies). He composed soundtrack music for many of the favourite classics of Russian cinema, such as The Captivating Star of Happiness (1975), White Sun of the Desert (1970), The Straw Hat (1974), One Hundred Days After Childhood (1974), Melodies of a White Night (1978), and others.

Isaac Schwartz cooperated with many talented Russian film directors, such as Ivan Pyriev, Yuli Karasik, Mikhail Shveitser, Sergei Solovyov, Vladimir Motyl, Pyotr Todorovsky, etc.

Quite prolific was his creative alliance with Bulat Okudzhava. Together they created 32 songs, most of which turned to be popular cinema hits. Okudzhava highly estimated the composer’s rare gift of ‘extracting music from the very poem, that same, the only one possibly existing for each line’.

A master of all possible ways of composition technique, Isaac Schwartz gave priority to sincerity, simplicity and melodious naturalness in music. That was probably why lots of his works gained him all people’s love and glory.

In 2000 the composer again turned to the symphonic genre that initiated his musical fame. He composed the Concert for Orchestra Yellow Stars (aka Purimspiel in Ghetto) in seven parts. Isaac Schwartz dedicated his concert to the memory of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from perishing during World War Two. The concert Yellow Stars is a lyrical hymn to courage, wisdom, dignity and the unity of people who managed to overcome the fear of death.

The composer lived and worked in the Siverski Settlement of the Leningrad Region. He died in sleep on 27 December 2009. Isaac Schwartz was laid to rest in the necropolis of Men of Letters at the Volkovskoe Cemetery, where the most notable figures of the national culture are buried.


Tags: Russian music Russian musicians Russian cinema Russian composers Isaak Schwartz 








Comment on our site


RSS   twitter      submit



TAGS:
Hermitage Hotel  Alexaner Bubnov  migration in Russia  Russian Cinema  Moscow  Russian academy of sciences  Russian scientists  Russian transport  Central Bank  Scrap Metal  IT  Colourization   St. Petersburg  Krasnodar Territory  Unified Space System  Archeology  Ecotourism  Russian science  Ukraine  Russian Finance Minister  Russian secret agency  international coperation  Exhibitions in Moscow  Russian business  Novogorod  physics  Rostov Region  Andrey Tupolev  plane crash  Russian Folklore  Museums of Russia  Painting  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Travel  Russian writers  Science  Alexis of Russia  Russian economy  Russian Award  New Wave Festival  "Ballet of Moscow" Theatre  Alexey Navalny  Pulkovo  Rostov-on-Don  Russia Orthodox Church  Russian startups  Russian tourism  Ryazan Region  Book Illustration  public transport in Yekaterinburg 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites