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(1859-1935).  Russian composer, conductor and teacher.  His first musical studies were at home and at the choir school of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  He then studied with Rimsky-Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  

His interest in folk music of the Caucasus region developed during a decade as director of a music school in Georgia.  These 'oriental' influences became a part of his musical language, the most famous example of which is the orchestral suite "Caucasian Sketches" (Suite no 1).

Following his years in the Caucasus, in 1893 Tchaikovsky recommended his appointment to the Moscow Conservatory, becoming its director in 1905.  

Ippolitov-Ivanov was highly regarded as a conductor of the Russian Choral Society, and several opera companies, including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.  He conducted the premieres of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas "The Tsar's Bride" and "Tsar Saltan".

He retired from the Moscow Conservatory in 1922, and returned to the Caucasus for a short time to help reorganize a music school there, before his appointment in 1925 as conductor of the Bolshoi Theater.  He remained in Moscow until his death in 1935.

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (he added his mother's name Ippolitov- to his own to avoid confusion with a music critic) composed operas, chamber works, songs, solo piano pieces, and many orchestral works.  The "Procession of the Sardar" from his Caucasian Sketches remains a perennial favorite.

In sacred music, Ippolitov-Ivanov made valuable contributions, and stands with Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov as one of the few Russian composers of the era to have composed a setting of the Orthodox Church's Divine Liturgy.  

His memoir, published in 1934, is entitled "50 Years of Russian Music in My Reminiscences".


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