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Dmitry Blagoy (Дмитрий Благой)

Dmitry Blagoy
(1930 - 1986)

Russian Soviet pianist, composer, musicologist, poet, Meritorious artist of Russia

(Dmitrij Blagoj, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Blagoy, Dmitrii Blagoi, Dmitrii Dmitrievich Blagoi, Dmitry Dmitryevich Blagoy)

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Dmitry Blagoy (his family name means "Good" in English) was born in Moscow on 13 April 1930.
His parents were eminent Soviet philologists: his father, Dmitry Dmitrievich Blagoy, the descendant of an aristocratic Russian family, was a well-known Pushkin scholar, and his mother Vera Stepanovna Nechaeva, of half-German and half-Russian origin, was a distinguished historian and textual critic of Russian literature, and founder of the first Dostoevsky Museum (Moscow).

Dmitry Blagoy was a many-sided personality, with a wide range of interests - from music, literature, and art to science. His musical talent was discovered by Professor A. B. Goldenweiser who recommended the six-year-old Dmitry to enter the Central music school for gifted children under the Moscow Conservatoire. D. Blagoy studied piano there with Goldenweiser's pupil E. P. Hoven, then with Goldenweiser himself.
On graduation from the school, D. Blagoy entered the Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied piano with Prof. A. B. Goldenweiser (graduating in 1954) and composition with Prof. Y. A. Shaporin (graduating in 1957). He then finished a postgraduate course in 1958 and became assistant professor.
Since 1959 - teacher of piano and chamber ensemble in Moscow conservatoire. 1968 - docent (=associate professor).
1958 - member of the Soviet Composers Union, 1960 - the Moscow Philharmonia soloist.
1971 - Ph.D. (Soviet equivalent - candidate of musicology). Dissertation theme: "A. B. Goldenweiser - editor. Issues in the textual study of music".
Being not only a musician but also a poet, journalist, and painter, Dmitry Blagoy mixed various art forms. In 1972 he found his own genre of piano recitals (music + literature): Igraet I rasskazyvaet Dmitry Blagoy ("Dmitry Blagoy plays and narrates").
D. Blagoy wrote over 200 articles as a musicologist and journalist, made 276 recordings for Gosteleradiofond (The State Fund of TV and Radio programs), released 15 vinyl discs as a pianist ("Melodiya" record label), published several piano and vocal works as a composer (music publishers "Sovetsky kompozitor", "Muzyka"), discovered and returned to the stage many piano works by early Russian composers, made several educational broadcasts on radio and TV, and edited and published several books of his teacher A.B. Goldenweiser.
1984 - Meritorious Artist of Russia (RSFSR).

D. Blagoy died on 13 June 1986. He is buried in the Hovanskoye cemetery in Moscow.

D. Blagoy was married (1953-1977) to Natalya Vasilievna Sokolova (Blagaya), then (1978) - Larisa Anatolyevna Kirsanova.
His children: Vera (Muslima), Maria (Christina), Dmitry, Anna, Ivan.

Selected works:
As a composer:
- Piano works "Fairytale-Sonata " (1958), "Variations on a Russian Theme" (1960), "Capriccio Brilliant " (with orchestra, 1960), "Preludes" (1962), "Album of pieces" (1-2, 1969-71), "Four Moods" (1971) etc.; "Mountain Vision", "5 Musical Pictures", "Reminiscence", "Contrasts", "Dedication";
- Vocal works "Living Silence" (lyrics by V.D. Berestov, 1966), "Winter Stars" (memory of D. Blagoy's mother V.S. Nechaeva) etc.;
- Quartet (1968) etc.
As a musicologist and pianist: Scriabin etudes (1963), The value of graphic /figurative, pictorial/ associations in the piano teacher's work (Methodological notes on music, 1966), Autograph and performing interpretation of the sonata op. 57 ("Appassionata") (Beethoven, Vol. 2, Moscow, 1972), Selected articles about music (published in 2001, Moscow) etc.

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(D. Blagoy plays his own piano works, music by R. Schumann, F. Liszt, A. Scriabin and by Russian composers M. Glinka, D. Bortnjanskij, I. Handoshkin, A. Zhilin.

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