Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnianski

Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnianski
Dmitry S. Bortniansky
Short Name: Dmitri Stepanovich Bortnianski
Full Name: Bortnianski, Dmitri Stepanovich, 1751-1825
Birth Year: 1751
Death Year: 1825

Dimitri Stepanovitch Bortniansky (1751-1825) was born in Glukhov, Ukraine, and when just eight years old was admitted to the imperial choir school where he is thought to have studied with Galuppi. He later studied in Italy for a ten-year period. While there, he wrote his first operas. In 1779, Bortniansky returned to Russia, where he was appointed Kapellmeister to the imperial court. Paul I appointed him music director in 1796. His compositions have influenced later Russian composers, particularly Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Bortniansky composed seven operas as well as other vocal and instrumental music. In 1881, Peter Tchaikovsky edited Bortniansky’s sacred work amassing ten volumes. Bortniansky died in St. Petersburg.

--Presbyterian Hymnal Companion, 1993

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