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Mikhail Mikhailovich Ivanov

composer , linguist

Mikhail Mikhailovich Ivanov was a Russian composer, critic and writer on music.


Ivanov, Mikhail was born on September 23, 1849 in Moscow.


He studied at the Technological Institute, St Petersburg, then at the Moscow Conservatory for a year, under Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (harmony) and Alexandre Dubuque (piano). He lived the next six years of his life in Rome, where he associated with Franz Liszt and his pupils and studied with Giovanni Sgambati.


He returned to Russia and became music critic with the Novoye Vremya. Many of his compositions were performed, but not published. Arias from his opera Zabava Puytatishna (1899) have been recorded by Olimpia Boronat, Eugenia Bronskaya and Leonid Sobinov.

His liturgical piece The Lord's Prayer has been recorded by Nicolai Gedda. He died in Rome in 1927.