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B. A. Prozorovskii

Boris Alekseyevich Prozorovsky (Russian: Борис Алексеевич Прозоровский; 30 June 1891 in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia – 1937 in USSR) was a Russian composer and songwriter who specialized in the genre of Russian romance. Many of his best-known songs ("Rings" "Caravan", "Ships", among others) were originally performed by his protégé and one-time partner Tamara Tsereteli, who recorded some in 1927 (for the Muzpred/Muztrest record label), the year Prozorovsky's career reached its peak.

In 1929 the All-Russian Musicians Union's Conference declared the whole genre of Russian romance 'counter-revolutionary'. In 1930 Prozorovsky was arrested and spent three years in Gulag. After the release he continued to perform (now with pianist Daniil Olenin), but in 1937, at the height of the Great Purge, was arrested again and executed.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 30, 1891 (St. Petersburg), Died 1937

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-035309 10-in. 3/18/1939 How strange Phyllis Kenny ; Van Alexander Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035736 10-in. 4/11/1939 How strange Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-036583 10-in. 5/2/1939 Georgian melody Sidor Belarsky Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Columbia CO46302 10-in. approximately 1951 Tak zakhotela ti Georges Seversky ; Gleb Yellin Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia CO46314 10-in. approximately 1951 Karavan Gleb Yellin Ensemble ; Georges Seversky Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia CO46315 10-in. approximately 1951 Tolko v more Gleb Yellin Ensemble ; Georges Seversky Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Prozorovskii, B. A.," accessed January 19, 2022,

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"Prozorovskii, B. A.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 19 January 2022.

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