Liapounov, Sergius Mikhailovich


Russian composer; born at Yaroslav. He received his musical education in the classes of the Imperial Musical Society at Nijny Novgorod and at the Moscow Conservatory, which he left in 1883. He was appointed, in 1893, with Liadoff and Balakirev, by the Imperial Geographical Society, to make researches into the folk-songs of the various districts, and he had charge of Vologda, Viatka, and Kostroma. He was assistant director of the Court Chapel from 1894 until 1902. His compositions for orchestra include a ballade, solemn overture, symphony in B minor, and a polonaise. Among his numerous piano compositions are a concerto, preludes, waltzes, mazurkas, and studies which include twelve fitudes d'execution transcendante. His songs include thirty-five national songs with piano accompaniment.