The whole life of Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko is connected with St. Petersburg, where he was born on March 23, 1939. His teachers at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College were V. Mikhelis (piano) and G. Ustvolskaya (composition). Later, already at the conservatoire, he studied piano under A. Logovinsky’s guidance and composition under V. Salmanov, V. Voloshynov and O. Yevlakhov. His post-graduate studying was connected with D. Shostakovich, whose influence can’t be overestimated. Subsequently Tishchenko’s Symphonies ¹ 3 and 5 were dedicated to Shostakovich (the Fifth was written after his death). In 1963 Tishchenko composed his First Cello Concerto according to M. Rostropovich’s request. Three years later it was awarded with the First Prize at the International Competition “Prague Spring — 1966”.
In 1965 Boris Tishchenko started his pedagogical career at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire (being at the time the head of the composition faculty). From 1974 until his death he conducted the class of music composition where many distinguished masters were brought up.
Tishchenko’s creativity scopeembraces actually all the possible existing genres — from a cappella tune to multisymphonic cycles. The composer was greatly influenced by the music of L. Beethoven, F. Schubert, G. Mahler, M. I. Glinka, A. S. Dargomyzhsky, M. P. Musorgsky, P. I. Tchaikovski.
His most important discoveries lay in the music culture of non-European countries, such as India, China, Japan etc., as well as in the Russian folklore (in his early years he took part in folklore expeditions). Finally, the influence of the composers, living in the 20th century, such as B. Bartók, A. Berg, S. Prokofiev, I. Stravinsky and, of course, the composer’s teachers G. Ustvolskaya and D. Shostakovich are worth mentioning as a creative factor.
Boris Tishchenko’s music and even everyday life for many years is closely connected with the Compozitor Publishing House • Saint-Petersburg. The Compozitor Publishing House • Saint-Petersburg is proud of being the first who announced this genius to the world being his first publisher and hopefully will be the first that would carry out the awesome task of publishing his Complete works edition.
The Compozitor Publishing House • Saint-Petersburg is the owner of exclusive rights for the compositions of Boris Tishchenko.
To our great sorrow, Boris Ivanovitch Tishchenko is no longer among us. He died on March 10, 2010 but his memory and his genius will stay with us forever.
Beatrice. Choreo-symphonic cycliade. Dante-symphony ¹ 1 (Among the Living Ones) for full symphony orchestra. Score
Beatrice. Choreo-symphonic cycliade for full symphony orchestra. Dante-symphony ¹ 2 (“The Entering Are Doomed to Leave Their Hopes”). Score
Symphony ¹ 6. For soprano, contralto and symphony orchestra. Score
Symphony ¹ 7. Op. 119. Score
Requiem for soprano, tenor and full symphony orchestra. Piano score
Works for piano
Concerto ¹ 2 for violin and orchestra («Violin Symphony»). Piano score
Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra. Score. Parts of violin and piano
Concerto for clarinet and piano trio. Score and parts
Helom Wizards. Vocal-istrumental quartet for violin, soprano, basso and piano
Quartet ¹ 6 for two violins, viola and violoncello. Op. 148. Score and parts
Testament. Poems by N. Zabolotsky
Sad Songs for soprano and piano
The White Stork. Poems by O. Shestinsky
Draught. Vocal Cycle
Three Songs to the Verses by Ìarina Tsvetayeva
To My Brother. For soprano, harp and flute
Andante espressivo for violoncello and harp
Two Sonatas for violoncello solo
Two Sonatas for Violin Solo
Rondo. Capriccio. For violin and piano. Piano score and part
Fantasy for violin and piano. Piano score and part
Music on CD