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Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s birthday
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Born on this date in 1859, Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov.
As a youth, Ippolitov-Ivanov was a choirboy and received some musical education at the cathedral of St. Isaac in St. Petersburg. At the age of sixteen, he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, during which time he studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. His first appointment, as conductor of the Tbilisi, orchestra and director of the music academy, exposed him to the regional music of Georgia, which is reflected in his orchestral suites entitled Caucasian Sketches. Other works reflect Turkish and Armenian folk styles.
Ippolitov-Ivanov was director of and professor at the Conservatory in Moscow from 1905 until 1924. He was active in choral and opera societies, and a number of pieces for the stage and chorus.
Among his pupils at the Moscow Conservatory were Reinhold Glière and Sergei Vasilenko.
Procession of the Sardar (from Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1)