Ilya Musin (conductor)

Ilya Musin (Conductor)

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Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin (, ) ( – 6 June 1999) was a Russian conductor, a prominent teacher and a theorist of conducting.

He began his conducting studies under the conductors Nikolai Malko and Aleksandr Gauk. In 1934, Musin became assistant to Fritz Stiedry with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Later, he was sent by the Soviet government to lead State Belorussian Orchestra. Because Musin never joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, his conducting career was curtailed by the Soviet government; he then channelled his creative output into pedagogy, creating a school of conducting, still referred to as the "Leningrad conducting school". During the war years (1941–45), he was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where most of Russian intellectual forces were kept safe; he continued conducting and teaching. On the anniversary of the Nazi invasion (June 22, 1942), he conducted the second performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7.

In 1932, Musin was invited to teach conducting at Saint Petersburg Conservatory (then known as the Leningrad Conservatory). He developed a comprehensive theoretical system, truly a science of the conducting gesture, mastering of which allowed the student to communicate with orchestras with the hands only, with minimum of verbal instructions, down to the minutest detail. No one hitherto had tried to formulate a science of conducting gesture in such detail and clarity as Musin did. Apparently, his own early years as a student...
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