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Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko (Composer)

Born: 23rd November 1896, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Died: 3rd October 1938, Kyiv, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian

Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko was a Ukrainian composer, pianist, and educator. He was regarded by his contemporaries as a master of lyricism. His first compositions were markedly influenced by the works of composers such as Alexander Scriabin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and his compatriot Mykola Lysenko.

Kosenko's life is conclusively divided into three distinct phases, in Warsaw, where he studied with renowned teachers Mikhail Sokolovsky and Iryna Miklashovskaya, in Zhytomyr, where he began teaching piano and music theory at the Music Technicum, later becoming director of the Zhytomyr Music School, and finally in Kiev, where he devoted more time to symphonic compositions such as his Heroic Overture, which brought him due recognition in the world of Soviet music. He was a leading figure among the broad-minded artistic collective of 20th-century Soviet music.

Kosenko's music combines a post-romantic idiom with intonations of Slavic folk songs and Western-European influences.

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