Georgy Katuar

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Georgy Katuar (1861-1926)

Russian composer and musicologist, of French descent (b. 15/27 April 1861 in Moscow; d. 21 May 1926 in Moscow), as Georgy Lvovich Katuar (Георгий Львович Катуар), also known as Yegor Lvovich Katuar (Егор Львович Катуар), or outside Russia as Georges Catoire.

After studying mathematics at Moscow University, he graduated with outstanding honours in 1884. While working in his father's commercial business, he began taking lessons in piano and harmony, and travelled to Berlin in 1885 to study under Karl Klindworth. The following year he met Tchaikovsky in Moscow, who encouraged Katuar's compositional aspirations, and on his recommendation he received lessons from Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoly Lyadov in Saint Petersburg.

In 1919, Katuar became professor of composition at the Moscow Conservatory, and was the author of several musicological text books.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

7 letters from Tchaikovsky to Georgy Katuar have survived, dating from 1886 to 1887, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:

9 letters from Georgy Katuar to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1886 to 1888, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum archive.


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