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Rodion Shchedrin's 85th birthday widely Celebrated
Composer Rodion Shchedrin turned 85 on December, 16. Russian president has awarded Shchedrin the Order of Honor for a huge contribution to the development of the art of music. national music and longstanding creativity, RIA Novosti reported.
Vladimir Putin has also mentioned that some music pieces of Rodion Shchedrin are famous worldwide. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev praised Rodion Shchedrin's compositions for “Russian soul , expression and sincerity.” In all, the composer received many birthday wishes and compliments on his music that has become the part of national culture long ago.
Let us remember, Music festival dated to the 85th anniversary of Rodion Shchedrin started the eve before in Moscow. Best musicians came to participate, such as Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, cellist Mischa Mayski, and many others.
Rodion Schedrin composed vast quantity of symphony and chamber music pieces, operas and choir music. Such ballets as Carmen Suite (based on Georges Bizet's opera music), Anna Karenina (libretto is based on the Leo Tolstoy novel), Dead Souls based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol, Lolita (based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel) made Shchedrin widely recognized.