Alexander Pushkin


Alexander Pushkin

1799 - 1837

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Arion Op. 34 no.5 Sergei Rachmaninov
Cvetok, 'Die Blümlein' VWV: 1018 Pauline Viardot
Ekha, 'Echo' (1965) Op. 76 no.1 Benjamin Britten
Iunoshu, gor’ko rydaia, 'A youth and a maiden' (1936) Op. 46 no.2 Dmitri Shostakovich
Na kholmakh Gruzii VWV 1037 Pauline Viardot
Na kholmakh Gruzii ('On Georgia's Hills') (1866) Op. 3 no.4 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Ne poi krasavitsa (1893) Op. 4 no.4 Sergei Rachmaninov
Night (Romance - fantasia) (1864) Modest Mussorgsky
Noch'yu, 'Des Nachts', 'Night' (1863) VWV: 1056 Pauline Viardot
Nochnoj zefir ('Night zephyr') (1844) Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky
Predchuvstvie, 'Foreboding' (1936) Op. 46 no.3 Dmitri Shostakovich
Snovidenije Op. 60 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Snovidenije Op. 60 Alexander Glazunov
Snovidenije César Antonovich Cui
Snovidenije Anton Arensky
Solovej ('The Nightingale') (1886) Op. 60 no.4 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Solovey i roza, 'The Nightingale and the Rose' (1965) Benjamin Britten
Stantsy, 'Stanzas' (1936) Op. 46 no.4 Dmitri Shostakovich
Stikhi, sochinennïye noch'yu vo vremya bessonnitsï, 'Lines written during a sleepless night' (1965) Op. 76 no.6 Benjamin Britten
Tu et Vous Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky
Voron, 'The Raven' Op. 52 Nikolai Medtner
Vozrozhdenie, 'Rebirth' (1936) Op. 46 no.1 Dmitri Shostakovich
Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovene ('I remember a wondrous moment') (1840) Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Yunosha i deva, 'The youth and the maiden' Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky

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