Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kopylov
Alexander Alexandrovich Kopylov or Kopilov (Александр Александрович Копылов, 14 July 1854 – 20 February 1911) was an Imperial Russian composer and violinist.
Kopylov studied for many years as a chorister and violinist in the Imperial Court Choir, where he would later teach for much of his life. (The Court Choir was modeled after the more famous one in Vienna, known today as the Vienna Boys Choir). He was unable to gain entrance to either of the major conservatories in Russia, but was nevertheless able to study composition privately with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoly Liadov.
Kopylov gained a reputation as a symphonist and composer of songs. Through his friendship with Rimsky-Korsakov, he became interested in chamber music, writing four string quartets. Wilhelm Altmann, the chamber music scholar and critic, writes in his Handbuch für Streichquartettspieler:
A copy of his String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.23 (published by Belyayev in 1894), which is conserved at the Cornell University Library, has notations in the margin of the first violin part from a performance with Eugène Ysaÿe.
Kopylov's Symphony in C minor (Op.14) and Concert Overture (Op.31) have been recorded, as have his contributions to some of the Belyayev circle's projects (such as Les Vendredis).
Birth and Death Data: Born July 14, 1854, Died February 20, 1911
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Notes: Name appears in Victor ledgers as "Alexander Kopyloff."
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-31420||10-in.||11/18/1924||To Slumber-land||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-88987||10-in.||6/14/1935||Hear my cry, O God||Cleveland Heights High School. A Capella Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kopylov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich," accessed January 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116460.
Kopylov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116460.
"Kopylov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 January 2022.
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