Ave Maria SA-SA
Composer: Efrem Podgaits (*1949), 1998
aka Yefrem Iosifovich Podgaits
|Ave Maria for choir — 5 min.|
|Ave Maria for cello (saxophone) and bayan - 6 min|
|MIDI / Lyrics: not available
|Score: not available
(incomplete demo) to obtain score, contact composer podgaitsmail.ru
play/stop MP3 from
Ave Maria (1998) [Opus 128 bis]
Efrem Podgaits (b.1949) [Russia]
The Ensemble Vocal Hodie
references, biography information.
|Efrem Podgaits (Moscow) was born in
1949. In 1974, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in composition (in
the class of Yuri Bucko and Nicolai Sidel’nikov). Since 1978, he has been a
member of the Russian Union of Composers. From 1982-1990, he was director of
the artistic association «Composers and Children». In 2000, he was awarded
the title of Merited Propagator of the Arts of Russia.
Podgaits’s works include 12 operas (in particular, «Alice through the
Looking-glass» and «The Prince and the Pauper», staged in St.Petersburg ; «Dyuimovockha»
(«Thumbolina») staged in Moscow and Krasnodar, won the «grand-prix» in 2001
for the best children’s performance and continues to run, with great
success, at the N.I. Satz Childrens’ Musical Theatre ; «Lord of the flies» (
the N.I. Satz Childrens’ Musical Theatre,2007); «Ice-9» (after С.Vonnegut «Сat’s
cradle»), «Fallen angel» (after J.Сollier), «The Little Prince» (after
Antoine de Saint-Exupery).
3 symphonies; 23 concerti for different instruments and orchestra,
including, for the first time in Russia, a Concerto for harpsichord and
orchestra, the «Lambada-Concerto» for oboe and orchestra, as well as one of
the most significant works of the past years - a Triple Concerto for violin,
cello, piano and orchestra.
The music of E. Podgaits has regularly been performed at musical festivals
and competitions in Russia and abroad, including in: Great-Britain (notably
at the festival of contemporary music in Huddersfield) in Turkey, Hungary,
Switzerland, France, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus,
Tadzhikistan, Georgia, as well as in Italy (Arezzo), where the children’s
choir «Vesna» was awarded «grand prix» in 1992 for its rendering of Podgaits’
«Vremena Goda» («The Seasons»).
Concerts dedicated to Podgaits’ works have been given in Moscow, Kiev,
Berlin, as well as in the towns of Chelyabinsk, Samara, Ufa and Dushanbe.
Many of the composer’s works are by now compulsory pieces in the programmes
of major international competitions.
The recording company «Melodiya» has put out a series of recordings of
Podgaits’s chamber music, as well as a record of his works containing the
Cantata «How to draw a bird» and «Poetry of the Earth». The French company
«Opus 111» released a CD with his «Missa Veris» («Spring Mass») for organ
and children’s choir, as well as a CD of his «Vox Spiritualis».
In 1999, a CD was released in Ekaterininburg with a recording of Podgaits’s
«Bakhchiev-Concerto» for 4-hand piano and strings, performed by the
well-known piano duo group - Yelena Sorokina and Alexander Bakhchiev. The
Moscow company «Artservice» released 4 CD with symphonic , choral and
The music publishers «Muzyka» and «Kompozitor» have been responsible for
editing the major part of Podgaits’s compositions.
In the autumn of 1999, a festival in honor of the composer’s 50 th
anniversary was held in Moscow, St.Petersburg and Krasnodar. A broad
spectrum of his music was performed, including three of Podgaits’s operas
and five diversified concerts of symphonic, choral, chamber-instrumental and
vocal music. All these concerts met with great success.
Music for children occupies a special place within the musical universe of
Podgaits. His Cantatas «How to draw a bird», «The Lunar Reed-Pipe», his
«Poetry of the Earth» , his opera-cantata «Black Whirlpool» , his Concerto
for choir and piano, «The Seasons», his «Missa Veris» for choir and organ
(as beautifully performed by the «Vesna» Children’s Choir, under the
direction of A.Ponomarev), are famous in Russia and abroad, and have brought
the composer due acknowledgement.
In 2001 three large compositions which premieres were held in 2002 were
written: «Lips-concerto » for bayan and a symphonic orchestra (soloist -
Friedrich Lips), the Concerto for guitar and string (soloist - Gony Antigony,
USA) and «New York Mass».
The Russian monthly «The Musical Review» named E.Podgaits «Сomposer of the
In May 2003 in France was held the premiere of composition «POST FESTUM» for
an orchestra of the violoncelloes, written under the request of
In July 2005 in London was held the premiere of the Second Symphony (LSO.Conductor
- M. Rostropovich)
In 2006 took place Podgaits’s debut as a conductor. It was performing in
Paris of his Double Concerto for two violins and chamber orchestra.
E.Podgaits’s compositions sounded in performance of famous musicians. Among
them conductors: M.Rostropovich, S.Sоndetskis, V.Sinajsky, R.Kofman,
V.Polyansky, J.Nikolaevsky, V.Pon'kin,
Soloists: J.Bashmet, F.Lips, M.Sekler, L.Ambartsumjan, A.Brusilovsky,
J.Milkis, L.Kazarnovskaja , and others.
In 2008 Efrem Podgaits has won the main prize of competition of the Bolshoy
theatre and the Union of theatrical figures of Russia. His ballet «Moydodir»
will be staged at the Bolshoy theatre.
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