Composer Vladimir Martynov has put his own stamp, often religious, on major 20th and 21st century styles. He is also active as an ethnomusicologist. Martynov was born in Moscow on February 20, 1946. He studied piano as a child and became interested in composition, enrolling at the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied composition with Nikolai Sidelnikov and piano with Mikhail Mezlumov. Early in his career, Martynov was an adherent of 12-tone music, which in the 1960s, if not exactly officially encouraged, was not prohibited in the Soviet Union. Already by his graduation in 1971, he had written various 12-tone compositions, including a String Quartet (1966) and a Concerto for oboe and flute (1968). In 1973, Martynov took a position at the Scriabin Museum electronics studio, the leading such facility in the Soviet Union. There, he would ...
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