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Reinhold Gliere Edit Profile

composer

Russian composer of Belgian descent.

Career

He was director of the Kiev Conservatory (1914-1920), then taught composition at Moscow Conservatory until 1942. In 1938 he became president of the Union of Soviet Composers. Gliere's best known works include the symphony Ilya Murometz (1910), the ballet The Red Poppy (1927), and his opera Shah-senem (1925) on an Azerbaijanian theme. He collected the folk music of the Caucasian and other Soviet peoples and wrote many songs and piano pieces in addition to his larger works.