Founded “modern Soviet operetta” genre around Civil War themes and struggle of frontier guards with saboteurs during World War П. Depending on their subjects, his operettas are musically connected with Ukrainia folksong and folk musical comedy and with Spanish folk melodies, etc. His symphonies and other instrumental works are rarely performed.
Widely popular is his vocal music, especially his arrangements of Russ, and Ukrainia folksongs. Artistic career chiefly connected with Soviet Army Song and Dance Ensemble. 1950-1955 Deputy, Moscow City Soviet of Workers Deputy.
1923-1929 musical director at clubs, lecturer on theoretical subjects at a music technicum. 1929-1930 Conductor, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble. 1930-1937 Conductor and Chief, Musical Section, Red Army Central Theater.
1933-1941 lecturer on instrumentation, Moscow Conservatory. 1937-1946 Deputy Chief, Musical Section, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble. 1942-1947 Artistic Director, Radio Soviet Song Ensemble, which he organized.
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