Alexander Lazarevich Lokshin (Russian: Александр Лазаревич Локшин) (1920 – 1987) was a Russian composer of classical music. He was born on September 19, 1920, in the town of Biysk, in the Altai Region, Western Siberia, and died in Moscow on June 11, 1987. Admirer of Mahler and Alban Berg, he created his own musical language; he wrote eleven symphonies plus symphonic works "Les Fleurs du Mal" (1939) on Baudelaire's poems, "Three Scenes from Goethe's Faust" (1973, 1980), cantata "Mater Dolorosa" (1977) on verses from Akhmatova's "Requiem", etc. Only symphony No.4 is purely instrumental; all other symphonies include vocal parts. Symphony №3 by Lokshin was written on Kipling's verses, a ballet "Fedra" was staged on music of symphony №4. Dmitry Shostakovich and Maria Yudina considered Lokshin's Requiem (symphony №1) as a genial music. Piano output of Lokshin is scarce: He wrote a cycle of piano variations for Maria Grinberg (1953) and another one for Elena Kuschnerova (1982).
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