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Boleslav Yavorsky

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Name  Boleslav Yavorsky
Role  Musicologist
Died  November 26, 1942, Saratov, Russia
Similar People  Boris Asafyev, Felix Blumenfeld, Sergei Taneyev, Mykola Leontovych, Alexander Goldenweiser

Boleslav Leopoldovich Yavorsky (Russian: Boleslav Leopol'dovich Yavorskii; June 22, 1877, Kharkiv – November 26, 1942) was a Russian musicologist, music teacher, administrator and pianist.

Through his teachings and editorial positions he heavily influenced Soviet music theory. However, outside Soviet circles, he has had little impact.


He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Sergei Taneyev. He taught at the Kiev Conservatory until 1919, the First Music Tekhnikum in Moscow, which he founded, and the Moscow Conservatory.

He chaired the music section of Narkompros from 1922 to 1930.

Yavorsky was a friend, mentor and confidant of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and played an important role in the latter's development. He often used his influence to further Shostakovich's career.

His students included Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky (also known as Vernon Duke), Alexei Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Alexander Abramovich Krein, Sergei Protopopov and Mykola Leontovych and Isaak Rabinovich, whose son Boleslav Rabinovich was named after Isaak's beloved teacher.


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