Vyacheslav Artyomov

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Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov (Russian: Вячесла́в Петро́вич Артё́мов; born June 29, 1940 in Moscow) is a Russian and Soviet composer.


Vyacheslav Artyomov undertook simultaneous studies in physics and music, studying composition at the Moscow Conservatory under A. Pirumov and Nikolai Sidelnikov[1] and piano with Tovi Logovinsky, graduating in 1968. He became a member of the Union of Soviet Composers and Association for Contemporary Music (ACM), and was active as an editor at the Moscow publishers "Musyka"[1] for several years.

In 1975, he joined the improvisation group "Astreya" with the composers Sofia Gubaidulina and Viktor Suslin.[1] In 1979, he was blacklisted as one of Khrennikov's Seven at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers for unapproved participation in some festivals of Soviet music in the West.


Artyomov's compositions show his interest in the archaic ("Incantations", "Totem") and Christian motifs ("Requiem", "Ave, Maria") as well as Eastern meditation ("Awakening", "A Symphony of Elegies", "Moonlight Dreams"). As a young composer, he developed a profound interest, successively, in Russian folklore, traditional music of the East, the works of Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and the Polish avant-garde. But it was Arthur Honegger's Symphonie Liturgique, as well as the works of Edgar Varèse and Sinfonia by Luciano Berio that made the greatest and most lasting impression on him.

Artyomov considers music a science – concentration of soul experience – and, side by side with astrophysics, – one of two main fundamental sciences.

Selected Works

  • Symphony of the Way (tetralogy):
  • Way to Olympus, a symphony 1978–1984
  • On the Threshold of a Bright World, a symphony 1990, 2002, rev.2013
  • Gentle Emanation, a symphony 1991, 2008
  • The Morning Star Arises, a symphony 1993
  • Requiem, 1985–1988;
  • The Star of Exodus (trilogy):
  • In Memoriam,a symphony with violin solo 1968, 1984
  • In Spe, a symphony with violin and cello solos 1995–2014
  • Gurian Hymn, 1986
  • A Symphony of Elegies, 1977
  • A Garland of Recitations, 1975–1981
  • Tristia I, 1983
  • Pietà, 1992, 1996
  • Tristia II, 1997, 1998, rev. 2011
  • Latin Hymns:
  • Miserere mei, 2003
  • Ave,Maria, 1989
  • Salve Regina, 2003
  • Ave Maris Stella, 2003
  • Star Wind, 1981
  • Hymns of Sudden Wafts, 1983
  • Incantations, 1981
  • Moonlight Dreams, 1982
  • Maltese Hymn Ave, Crux Alba, 1994, 2012


  • Artëmov, Vjačeslav; V. Mud'jugina (2004): Vjačeslav Artëmov. Muzyka, Moskau. ISBN 5-7140-0177-X. [Booklet, Russian and English]


  • McBurney (1992)


  1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Vol. 2. London 2001
  2. The International Who's Who in Classical Music 2003. Europa Publications. London 2003
  3. Andreas Kloth (2009): Der russische Komponist Vjačeslav Artëmov: Ein Beispiel für die politisch und gesellschaftlich bedingte Rezeption nonkonformistischer sowjetischer Komponisten. Die Blaue Eule, Essen. ISBN 3-89924-244-0
  4. Gerard McBurney "Vyacheslav Artyomov" in Contemporary Composers (Chicago & London: St. James Press, 1992)
  5. M. Lobanova. Vyacheslav Artyomov: Tempo costante. Konzert fǖr Orchester. In Das Orchester, December 1993.
  6. Robert Matthew-Walker (1997): The music of Vyacheslav Artyomov: an introduction. St Austell. ISBN 1-898343-06-3
  7. M. John. Auf dem Wege zu einer neuen Geistigkeit. Verlag Ernst Kuhn. Berlin 1996
  8. M. Tarakanov. Vyacheslav Artyomov in search of artistic truth. In: Tsenova, Valeria. Underground Music from the USSR. Harwood Academic Publishers. Amsterdam. 1997

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