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Kabalevsky, Dmitri Borisovich (Kabalevsky, Dmitri)

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Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1987 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: Russian
Categories: Composers

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1904 - Born on December 30th in Saint Petersburg. Russian composer.

1905 - He was baptized by a Russian Orthodox priest on January 5th.

1925 - Played piano for silent movies and studied composition under 'Nikolai Miaskovsky' at Moscow Conservatory, from which he graduated as a composer.

1932 - He joined the Union of Soviet Composers and became professor of Moscow Conservatory.

1940 - Joined the Communist Party and was made Chief Editor of the "Soviet Music" magazine.

1946 - Included in the bad list of "anti-Soviet" composers by the communist censor Andrei Zhdanov.

1948 - Repented to the Communist party and was cleared, but his teacher 'Nikolai Miaskovsky', and his famous colleagues Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich were viciously attacked by censor Zhdanov.

1949 - Became the Head of Music Department of Moscow Art Institute.

         - Wrote music scores for several Soviet films, including 'Ivan Pavlov', a film about Doctor Pavlov and his research on conditioning dogs and humans to sounds, lights, and food.

1952 - Made Secretary of the Soviet Composers Union and remained in the leadership for 35 years.

1956 - Became the Chairman of Commission in charge of music.

         - He was awarded the Order of Lenin and was made the People's Artist of the USSR.

1987 - Died on February 18th in Moscow.

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