Dmitri Klebanov

Dmitri Klebanov holds the distinction of being the only composer in my collection who doesn't get a mention in my 1980 edition of the New Groves! That's despite the fact that he lived from 1907 to 1987, so was a well-recognised Soviet composer by the time of its publication. In the absence of any authoritative information from that standard source, therefore, I've had to improvise and find out about him from that ever-reliable cesspit of information, Wikipedia.

I called him a Soviet composer earlier: he was, of course, considered as such by himself and his colleagues because the Soviet Union was the only political entity he'd known as an adult. In fact, though, he was born in the Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire, of course). Hence the reason for, in these more modern days, when Ukraine is fighting for its continued existence as an independent polity, potentially using his Ukrainian name of Dmytro Klebanov. This site declines to do so, however, because it would be anachronistic. For the same reason, I'll mention that he was a professor of music at the Kharkov Conservatory -which, in 2022, would better be known as the Kharkiv Conservatory (assuming it's still standing at all, which given current Russian missile action, is probably a bit of a stetch).

He made the mistake of annoying the Soviet authorities in the 1940s (by writing a symphony in memorial to the martyrs of Babi Yar, the Nazi massacre of Jews on Ukrainian territory in 1941). One didn't stick two metaphorical fingers up to Stalin in that manner and get away with it -and Dmitri was nearly exiled to Siberia. He was fortunately allowed to be exiled to Kharkov, to live in obscurity and to pen dull works of Socialist Realism when the authorities required it of him. Only in the 1980s was his rehabilitation begun -and by then, he was old, frail and died soon after. Sadly, his collection of manuscripts and scores were lost in a fire and ensuing flood of the building where he had deposited them. Most of his music is thus, apparently, doomed to eternal obscurity.

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