Vladimir Vavilov (composer)

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Vladimir Fyodorovich Vavilov (Russian: Влади́мир Фёдорович Вави́лов; 5 May 1925 – 11 March 1973[1] ) was a Russian guitarist, lutenist and composer. He was a student of P. Isakov (guitar) and Iogann Admoni (composition) at the Rimski-Korsakov Music College in Leningrad. He played an important part in the early music revival in the Soviet Union.

Vavilov was active as a performer on both lute and guitar, as a music editor for a state music publishing house, and more importantly, as a composer. He routinely ascribed his own works to other composers, usually of the Renaissance or Baroque (occasionally from later eras), usually with total disregard of the appropriate style, in the spirit of other mystificators of the previous eras. His works achieved enormous circulation, and some of them achieved true folk-music status, with several poems set to his melodies.[1]

Vavilov died in poverty, of pancreatic cancer, a few months before the appearance of "The City of Gold", which became a hit overnight.[1]

The most famous of his anonymous or misattributed compositions are:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Гейзель, Зеэв (15 February 2005). История одной Песни (in русский).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Сергей Севостьянов, "Страницы жизни Владимира Федоровича Вавилова". Журнал «Нева» [ Neva magazine ], no. 9 (2005).
  3. "Вавилов Владимир Фёдорович", Иллюстрированный биографический энциклопедический словарь.

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