A favourite Soviet composer fades out

Arif Malikov (sometimes spelled Melikov), who died on May 9 aged 85, was a People’s Artist of the USSR and one of very few to win popularity abroad.

His ballet, Legend of Love, was widely performed.

After the collapse of the USSR Malikov settled in his native Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.


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  • Who publishes the music of Russian composers and those of the ex-Soviet Union? It’s so hard to get hold of their chamber music scores and sheet music. Can anybody offer any advice? PS: Only the most famous ones are published in the West.

  • I have this recording. I even like the piece quite a lot, but it is as if nothing happened after Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade…. Still, pretty good in its own genre.

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