Prof. Arkady Klimovitsky was born in Leningrad on 7 September 1937, and is a well-known Russian musicologist, lecturer, and writer on music analysis. He received his doctorate in 1982 at the All-Union Academic Research Institute for the Study of Art in Moscow. He was appointed professor at the Leningrad Conservatory in 1985, and, since 1995, has served as chief research fellow at the Institute for the History of the Arts in Leningrad. As a foremost musical paleographer, Klimovitsky has studied manuscripts, discovered and attributed handwritten material, and written extensively about Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Schoenberg, as well as contemporary Russian composers. Studying the logic of stylistic leaps in the musical tradition of the German-speaking culture, he has focused on a comparative study of Russian and German cultures (including examples of Shostakovich and Schoenberg), and on the work of Tchaikovsky. Works on Tchaikovsky’s “Mozartism” and “Wagnerism,” on Tchaikovsky’s perception of eighteenth-century Russian literary culture, and on the perception of Tchaikovsky’s music by audiences in Russia’s “Silver Age” reveal still unresearched mechanisms at work in the interaction of different national cultures within the overall European tradition, as well as the correspondences between different eras within a single national culture. See Boris Aronovich Katz, “Klimovitsky, Abram Iosifovich,” NGD (2nd edition), 13: 673-74 and www.musicalschool.org/index.php.
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