Alexandrov, Anatoly

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Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov was a Russian composer and pianist. His initial works had a mystical element, but he downplayed this to better fit Socialist realism. He was a pupil of Nikolai Zhilyayev, Sergei Taneyev and Sergei Vasilenko (theory), Alexander Ilyinsky (composition) and Konstantin Igumnov (piano). His early music revealed the influence of Nikolai Medtner and Alexander Scriabin. He was appointed Professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1923. Viktor Belyaev, Alexandrov’s first biographer, wrote in 1926: “If Myaskovsky is a thinker, and Feinberg a psychologist, then Alexandrov is, before anything else, a poet.” Alexandrov was also a strong proponent of Stanchinsky and edited much of his compositions for publication.