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Nikolai Kapustin (1937-    )

Nikolai Kapustin, composerNikolai Kapustin was born in Gorlovka, Ukraine. He started playing the piano at age 7, and attended the Moscow Conservatory under the tutelage of the great piano peadagogue Alexander Goldenweiser. As well as attaining technical brilliance in the great Russian tradition, Kapustin developed a broad view of music and became aware of the significance of jazz. Already during his studies he was composing his own music. After graduating in 1961, he formed a jazz quintet, played with Juri Saulsky's band in Moscow, and toured extensively, in Russia and abroad, with Oleg Lundstrom's Jazz Orchestra. Kapustin's piano music presents the perfect fusion of classical and jazz, effortlessly blending the grand style of Rachmaninov, Medtner and Scriabin with jazz idioms like blues, bebop, swing, stride, and boogie-woogie, all contained within strict classical forms. His piano writing is brilliant and highly pianistic, fitting naturally under the fingers, and never more difficult than it needs to be to achieve its intended effect. Kapustin mentions Oscar Peterson as a key influence.
-  Chris Breemer, Piano Society

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Kapustin Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Concertino, piano and orchestra, op. 1 (1957)
Concerto No. 1, piano and orchestra, op. 2 (1961)
Variation, piano and big-band, op. 3 (1962)
Chorale and Fugue, orchestra, op. 4 (1962)
Piece, trumpet and orchestra, op. 5 (1962)
Rose-Marie, fantasia for orchestra, op. 6 (1963)
Fantasia, on three children's songs, orchestra, op. 7 (1963)
Toccata, piano and orchestra, op. 8 (1964)
The Trial, orchestra, op. 9 (1966)
Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band), orchestra, op. 10 (1966)
Estacade, big band, op. 11 (1966)
Aquarium-Blues, big-band, op. 12 (1967)
Intermezzo, piano and orchestra, op. 13 (1968)
Concerto No. 2, piano and orchestra, op. 14 (1974)
The Forest Story, orchestra, op. 15 (1972)
Nocturne, G major, piano and orchestra, op. 16 (1972)
Three Pieces, orchestra, op. 17 (1972)
Four Pieces, instrumental ensemble, op. 18 (1973)
Etude, piano and orchestra, op. 19 (1974)
Nocturne, piano and orchestra, op. 20 (1974)
Minuet, big-band, op. 21 (1974)
Piece, 5 saxophones and orchestra, op. 22 (1975)
Enigma, big-band, op. 23 (1975)
March, orchestra, op. 24 (1975)
Concert Rhapsody, piano and orchestra, op. 25 (1976)
Day-Break (Sunrise), piano, op. 26 (1976) [also arr. for orchestra]
Fantasia, jazz quartet, op. 27 (1976)
Suite In the Old Style, piano, op. 28 (1977)
Scherzo, piano and orchestra, op. 29 (1978)
Two-Movement Concerto, orchestra, op. 30 (1980)
Elegy, orchestra, op. 31 (1980)
The Wind from the North, orchestra, op. 32 (1981)
Piece, 2 pianos and orchestra, op. 33 (1982)
Meridian, orchestra, op. 34 (1982)
Closed Curve, orchestra, op. 35 (1982)
Toccatina, piano, op. 36 (1983)
The Pleasant Meeting, orchestra, op. 37 (1983)
Presentiment, orchestra, op. 38 (1983)
Piano Sonata No. 1, "Sonata-Fantasy", piano, op. 39 (1984)
Eight Concert Studies, piano, op. 40 (1984)
    [Prelude; Dream; Toccatina; Reminiscence; Shufka; Pastoral; Intermezzo; Final]
Variations, piano, op. 41 (1984)
A Rush Hour, ensemble, op. 42 (1985)
An April Day, ensemble, op. 43 (1985)
The Morning, ensemble, op. 44 (1985)
Motive Force, piano, op. 45 (1985)
Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band), piano, op. 46 (1986)
Contemplation (Meditation), piano, op. 47 (1987)
Concerto No. 3, piano and orchestra, op. 48 (1985)
Sinfonietta, orchestra, op. 49 (1987)
Concerto for Alto-Saxophone and Orchestra, op. 50 (1987)
Overture, big-band, op. 51 (1987)
Intrada, big-band, op. 52 (1988)
Twenty-Four Preludes, piano, op. 53 (1988)
Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 54 (1989)
Piano Sonata No. 3, op. 55 (1990)
Concerto No. 4, piano and orchestra, op. 56 (1989)
Chamber Symphony, chamber orchestra, op. 57 (1990)
Andante, piano, op. 58 (1990)
Ten Bagatelles, piano, op. 59 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 4, op. 60 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 5, op. 61 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 6, op. 62 (1991)
Sonata No. 1, cello and piano, op. 63 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 7, op. 64 (1991)
Berceuse, piano, op. 65 (1991)
Three Impromptus, piano, op. 66 (1991)
Three Etudes, piano, op. 67 (1992)
Five Etudes in Different Intervals, piano, op. 68 (1992)
Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 69 (1992)
Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 70 (1992)
Capriccio, piano, op. 71 (1992)
Concerto No. 5, piano and orchestra, op. 72 (1993)
Ten Inventions, piano, op. 73 (1993)
Concerto No. 6, piano and orchestra, op. 74 (1993)
Humoresque, piano, op. 75 (1994)
Concerto for Doublebass and Orchestra, op. 76 (1994)
Piano Sonata No. 8, op. 77 (1995)
Piano Sonata No. 9, op. 78 (1995)
Piece, sextet, op. 79 (1995)
Theme and Variations, piano, op. 80 (1996)
Piano Sonata No. 10, op. 81 (1996)
Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues, piano, op. 82 (1997)
Impromptu (Improvisation), piano, op. 83 (1997)
Sonata No. 2, cello and piano, op. 84 (1997)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 85 (1997)
Trio, flute, cello and piano, op. 86 (1998)
Seven Polyphonic Pieces, piano left hand, op. 87 (1998)
String Quartet, op. 88 (1998)
Piano Quintet, op. 89 (1998)
Concerto for Eleven Instruments, op. 90 (1998)
Divertissement, 2 flutes, cello and piano, op. 91 (1998)
Suite for Piano (4 pieces), op. 92 (1999)
Introduction and Scherzino, cello, op. 93 (1999)
Ballad, piano, op. 94 (1999)
Scherzo, piano, op. 95 (1999)
Elegy, cello and piano, op. 96 (1999)
Burlesque, cello and piano, op. 97 (1999)
Nearly Waltz, cello and piano, op. 98 (1999)
Duet (Duo), alto-saxophone and cello, op. 99 (1999)
Sonatina, piano, op. 100 (2000)
Piano Sonata No. 11, "Twickenham", op. 101 (2000)
Piano Sonata No. 12, op. 102 (2001)
Concerto No. 2, cello and string orchestra, op. 103 (2002)
Concert for 2 Pianos and Percussion, op. 104 (2002)
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra, op. 105 (2002)
Suite, viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass, op. 106 (2002)
Variations on "Sweet Georgia Brown", viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass, op. 107 (2002)
Paraphrase on the theme of Paul Dvoirin, piano, op. 108 (2003)
There is Something Behind That, piano, op. 109 (2003)
Piano sonata No. 13, op. 110 (2003)
Gingerbread Man, piano, op. 111 (2003)
End of the Rainbow, piano, op. 112 (2003)
Wheel of Fortune, piano, op. 113 (2003)
No Stop Signs, piano, op. 114 (2003)
Fantasia, piano, op. 115 (2003)
Rondoletto, piano, op. 116 (2003)
Spice Island, piano, op. 117 (2003)
Paraphrase on “Aquarela do Brasil” (by Ary Barroso), piano, op. 118 (2003)
Nothing to Loose, piano, op. 119 (2004)
Piano Sonata No. 14, op. 120 (2004)
Vanity of Vanities, piano, op. 121 (2004)
Two Etude-Like Trinkets, piano, op. 122 (2004)
Paraphrase on “Blue Bossa” (by Kenny Dorham), piano, op. 123 (2004)
Suite, cello, op.  124 (2004)
Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 125 (2004)
Divertissement in Four Movements, violin, cello and piano, op. 126 (2005)
Sonata No 15, "Fantasia quasi sonata", piano, op. 127 (2005)
Introduction and Rondo, piano, op. 128 (2006)
Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca", 2 pianos, 4-hands, op. 129 (2006)
Countermove, piano, op. 130 (2006)
Piano Sonata No. 16, op. 131 (2006)
String Quartet No. 2, op. 132 (2007)
Six Little Preludes, piano, op. 133 (2007)
Piano Sonata No. 17, op. 134 (2008)
Piano Sonata No. 18, op. 135 (2008)
Piano Trio, violin, cello and piano, op. 136 (2008)
Good Intention, piano, op. 137 (2009)
Sleight of Hand, piano, op. 138 (2009)
Holy Cow, piano, op. 139 (2009)
Freeway, piano, op. 140 (2009)
Violin Concerto, op. 141 (2009)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Kapustin Links     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Chorale and Fugue, orchestra, op. 4 (1962)
Rose-Marie, fantasia for orchestra, op. 6 (1963)
Fantasia, on three children's songs, orchestra, op. 7 (1963)
The Trial, orchestra, op. 9 (1966)
Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band), orchestra, op. 10 (1966)
The Forest Story, orchestra, op. 15 (1972)
Three Pieces, orchestra, op. 17 (1972)
March, orchestra, op. 24 (1975)
Day-Break (Sunrise), piano, op. 26 (1976) [also arr. for orchestra]
Two-Movement Concerto, orchestra, op. 30 (1980)
Elegy, orchestra, op. 31 (1980)
The Wind from the North, orchestra, op. 32 (1981)
Meridian, orchestra, op. 34 (1982)
Closed Curve, orchestra, op. 35 (1982)
The Pleasant Meeting, orchestra, op. 37 (1983)
Presentiment, orchestra, op. 38 (1983)
Sinfonietta, orchestra, op. 49 (1987)
Chamber Symphony, chamber orchestra, op. 57 (1990)

Big Band
Estacade, big band, op. 11 (1966)
Aquarium-Blues, big-band, op. 12 (1967)
Minuet, big-band, op. 21 (1974)
Enigma, big-band, op. 23 (1975)
Overture, big-band, op. 51 (1987)
Intrada, big-band, op. 52 (1988)

Piano Concertos
Concerto No. 1, piano and orchestra, op. 2 (1961)
Concerto No. 2, piano and orchestra, op. 14 (1974)
Concerto No. 3, piano and orchestra, op. 48 (1985)
Concerto No. 4, piano and orchestra, op. 56 (1989)
Concerto No. 5, piano and orchestra, op. 72 (1993)
Concerto No. 6, piano and orchestra, op. 74 (1993)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Concertino, piano and orchestra, op. 1 (1957)
Concerto No. 1, piano and orchestra, op. 2 (1961)
Variation, piano and big-band, op. 3 (1962)
Piece, trumpet and orchestra, op. 5 (1962)
Toccata, piano and orchestra, op. 8 (1964)
Intermezzo, piano and orchestra, op. 13 (1968)
Concerto No. 2, piano and orchestra, op. 14 (1974)
Nocturne, G major, piano and orchestra, op. 16 (1972)
Etude, piano and orchestra, op. 19 (1974)
Nocturne, piano and orchestra, op. 20 (1974)
Piece, 5 saxophones and orchestra, op. 22 (1975)
Concert Rhapsody, piano and orchestra, op. 25 (1976)
Scherzo, piano and orchestra, op. 29 (1978)
Piece, 2 pianos and orchestra, op. 33 (1982)
Concerto No. 3, piano and orchestra, op. 48 (1985)
Concerto for Alto-Saxophone and Orchestra, op. 50 (1987)
Concerto No. 4, piano and orchestra, op. 56 (1989)
Concerto No. 5, piano and orchestra, op. 72 (1993)
Concerto No. 6, piano and orchestra, op. 74 (1993)
Concerto for Doublebass and Orchestra, op. 76 (1994)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 85 (1997)
Concerto No. 2, cello and string orchestra, op. 103 (2002)
Concert for 2 Pianos and Percussion, op. 104 (2002)
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra, op. 105 (2002)
Violin Concerto, op. 141 (2009)

Chamber
Four Pieces, instrumental ensemble, op. 18 (1973)
Fantasia, jazz quartet, op. 27 (1976)
A Rush Hour, ensemble, op. 42 (1985)
An April Day, ensemble, op. 43 (1985)
The Morning, ensemble, op. 44 (1985)
Piece, sextet, op. 79 (1995)
Trio, flute, cello and piano, op. 86 (1998)
String Quartet, op. 88 (1998)
Piano Quintet, op. 89 (1998)
Concerto for Eleven Instruments, op. 90 (1998)
Divertissement, 2 flutes, cello and piano, op. 91 (1998)
Duet, alto-saxophone and cello, op. 99 (1999)
Suite, viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass, op. 106 (2002)
Variations on "Sweet Georgia Brown", viola, alto-saxophone, piano and bass, op. 107 (2002)
Divertissement in Four Movements, violin, cello and piano, op. 126 (2005)
String Quartet No. 2, op. 132 (2007)
Piano Trio, violin, cello and piano, op. 136 (2008)

Solo Instrument
Sonata No. 1, cello and piano, op. 63 (1991)
Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 69 (1992)
Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 70 (1992)
Sonata No. 2, cello and piano, op. 84 (1997)
Introduction and Scherzino, cello, op. 93 (1999)
Elegy, cello and piano, op. 96 (1999)
Burlesque, cello and piano, op. 97 (1999)
Nearly Waltz, cello and piano, op. 98 (1999)
Suite, cello, op.  124 (2004)
Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 125 (2004)

Piano Sonatas
Piano Sonata No. 1, "Sonata-Fantasy", piano, op. 39 (1984)
Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 54 (1989)
Piano Sonata No. 3, op. 55 (1990)
Piano Sonata No. 4, op. 60 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 5, op. 61 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 6, op. 62 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 7, op. 64 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 8, op. 77 (1995)
Piano Sonata No. 9, op. 78 (1995)
Piano Sonata No. 10, op. 81 (1996)
Piano Sonata No. 11, "Twickenham", op. 101 (2000)
Piano Sonata No. 12, op. 102 (2001)
Piano sonata No. 13, op. 110 (2003)
Piano Sonata No. 14, op. 120 (2004)
Sonata No 15, "Fantasia quasi sonata", piano, op. 127 (2005)
Piano Sonata No. 16, op. 131 (2006)
Piano Sonata No. 17, op. 134 (2008)
Piano Sonata No. 18, op. 135 (2008)

Piano
Day-Break (Sunrise), piano, op. 26 (1976) [also arr. for orchestra]
Suite In the Old Style, piano, op. 28 (1977)
Toccatina, piano, op. 36 (1983)
Piano Sonata No. 1, "Sonata-Fantasy", piano, op. 39 (1984)
Eight Concert Studies, piano, op. 40 (1984)
    [Prelude; Dream; Toccatina; Reminiscence; Shufka; Pastoral; Intermezzo; Final]
Variations, piano, op. 41 (1984)
Motive Force, piano, op. 45 (1985)
Big Band Sounds (The Sounds of Big-Band), piano, op. 46 (1986)
Contemplation (Meditation), piano, op. 47 (1987)
Twenty-Four Preludes, piano, op. 53 (1988)
Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 54 (1989)
Piano Sonata No. 3, op. 55 (1990)
Andante, piano, op. 58 (1990)
Ten Bagatelles, piano, op. 59 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 4, op. 60 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 5, op. 61 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 6, op. 62 (1991)
Piano Sonata No. 7, op. 64 (1991)
Berceuse, piano, op. 65 (1991)
Three Impromptus, piano, op. 66 (1991)
Three Etudes, piano, op. 67 (1992)
Five Etudes in Different Intervals, piano, op. 68 (1992)
Capriccio, piano, op. 71 (1992)
Ten Inventions, piano, op. 73 (1993)
Humoresque, piano, op. 75 (1994)
Piano Sonata No. 8, op. 77 (1995)
Piano Sonata No. 9, op. 78 (1995)
Theme and Variations, piano, op. 80 (1996)
Piano Sonata No. 10, op. 81 (1996)
Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues, piano, op. 82 (1997)
Impromptu (Improvisation), piano, op. 83 (1997)
Seven Polyphonic Pieces, piano left hand, op. 87 (1998)
Suite for Piano (4 pieces), op. 92 (1999)
Ballad, piano, op. 94 (1999)
Scherzo, piano, op. 95 (1999)
Sonatina, piano, op. 100 (2000)
Piano Sonata No. 11, "Twickenham", op. 101 (2000)
Piano Sonata No. 12, op. 102 (2001)
Paraphrase on the theme of Paul Dvoirin, piano, op. 108 (2003)
There is Something Behind That, piano, op. 109 (2003)
Piano sonata No. 13, op. 110 (2003)
Gingerbread Man, piano, op. 111 (2003)
End of the Rainbow, piano, op. 112 (2003)
Wheel of Fortune, piano, op. 113 (2003)
No Stop Signs, piano, op. 114 (2003)
Fantasia, piano, op. 115 (2003)
Rondoletto, piano, op. 116 (2003)
Spice Island, piano, op. 117 (2003)
Paraphrase on “Aquarela do Brasil” (by Ary Barroso), piano, op. 118 (2003)
Nothing to Loose, piano, op. 119 (2004)
Piano Sonata No. 14, op. 120 (2004)
Vanity of Vanities, piano, op. 121 (2004)
Two Etude-Like Trinkets, piano, op. 122 (2004)
Paraphrase on “Blue Bossa” (by Kenny Dorham), piano, op. 123 (2004)
Sonata No 15, "Fantasia quasi sonata", piano, op. 127 (2005)
Introduction and Rondo, piano, op. 128 (2006)
Paraphrase on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca", 2 pianos, 4-hands, op. 129 (2006)
Countermove, piano, op. 130 (2006)
Piano Sonata No. 16, op. 131 (2006)
Six Little Preludes, piano, op. 133 (2007)
Piano Sonata No. 17, op. 134 (2008)
Piano Sonata No. 18, op. 135 (2008)
Good Intention, piano, op. 137 (2009)
Sleight of Hand, piano, op. 138 (2009)
Holy Cow, piano, op. 139 (2009)
Freeway, piano, op. 140 (2009)


KAPUSTIN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Bridging the Divide (Interview by Harriet Smith)
The Finest Living Composer You've Never Heard Of - Nikolai Kapustin (Wayne Lee Gay, Andante.com) - no longer available
A Man of Two Worlds: Classical and Jazz Influences in Nikolai Kapustin's 24 Preludes, op. 53 (Randy Creighton)
Nikolai Kapustin, Russian Composer of Classical Jazz (Interview by Martin Anderson)
A Performer's Perspecive (Leslie De'Ath, MusicWeb International)
Red, White, and Blue Notes: The Symbiotic Music of Nikolai Kapustin (Jonathan Edward Mann, OhioLINK ETD)

Composer's website
Composer website (website by Onno van Rijen)
Nikolai Kapustin's Home Page (website by Paysage de la Musique) [some sections only in Japanese]

Kapustin @ Wikipedia    also     here
Kapustin @ Answers.com
Kapustin @ Anton Kapustin
Kapustin @ Audiophile Audition
Kapustin @ Chris Younghoon Kim
Kapustin @ Classical Archives
Kapustin @ Classical Connect
Kapustin @ Classical Records
Kapustin @ ClassicsToday
Kapustin @ componisten.net [tranlated from Dutch original by google]
Kapustin @ composition:today
Kapustin @ Facebook
Kapustin @ InstantEncore
Kapustin @ Kapustin: The Music of Nikolai Kapustin
Kapustin @ MusicWeb International
Kapustin @ MySpaceMusic
Kapustin @ Naxos
Kapustin @ The New York Times
Kapustin @ The Phora
Kapustin @ PianoFiles
Kapustin @ Piano Society
Kapustin @ RandyCreighton.com    also    here
Kapustin @ Wanadoo

Publisher
Kapustin @ A-RAM [distributed by MusT and appointed agents]
Kapustin @ Accord
Kapustin @ Judy Green Music
Kapustin @ MusT (Music Trading Co.)
Kapustin @ Muzyka
Kapustin @ Prhythm Edition
Kapustin @ Rob. Forberg - P. Jurgenson Musikverlag.
Kapustin @ Russian State Music

Streaming Audio
Kapustin @ Anton Kapustin
Kapustin @ Classical Archives
Kapustin @ Classical Connect
Kapustin @ last.fm
Kapustin @ MidiWorld
Kapustin @ MySpaceMusic
Kapustin @ Piano Society
Kapustin @ RandyCreighton.com
Kapustin @ Rhapsody.com
Kapustin @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Kapustin @ Amazon.com
Kapustin @ ArkivMusic
Kapustin @ CD Universe
Kapustin @ Classical Records
Kapustin @ ClassicsOnline
Kapustin @ Discogs
Kapustin @ Hyperion Records
Kapustin @ Records International

Video
Kapustin @ YouTube
Kapustin @ Google Videos
Kapustin @ Vimeo
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