Russian composer and musicologist (b. 18/30 September 1862 in Moscow; d. 29 August 1933 in Moscow), born Georgy Eduardovich Konyus (Георгий Эдуардович Конюс); also known outside Russia as Georges Conus.
The eldest son of the piano teacher and music teacher Eduard Konstantinovich Konyus (1827–1902), and brother to Yuly Konyus and Lev Konyus, Georgy graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied the piano with Paul Pabst and composition with Sergey Taneyev and Anton Arensky, he was instructor of music theory at the same institution between 1891 and 1899. He later became professor of composition (1902–1906) and director (1904–1905) of the Moscow Philharmonic Society's music and drama institute, as well as professor of composition (1902–1919) at the Saratov State Conservatory.
Following the revolution, he remained in Russia as a member of the music section of the National Commissariat of Culture (1919–20), and then returned to the Moscow Conservatory as professor (from 1920 until 1933) where he founded a department of music analysis. In 1922 he became a leading figure at the State Institute for Musical Research, and lectured in Germany and France during the 1920s. He left a small number of compositions, and essays on music theory.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
5 letters from Tchaikovsky to Georgy Konyus have survived, dating from 1891 to 1893, all of which have been translated into English on this website:
- Letter 4381 – 2/14 May 1891, from New York
- Letter 4778 – 7/19 October 1892, from Klin
- Letter 4905 – 5/17 April 1893, from Klin
- Letter 4986 – 23 July/4 August 1893, from Klin
- Letter 5060 – 18/30 October 1893, from Saint Petersburg
5 letters from Georgy Konyus to the composer, also dating from 1891 to 1893, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.
- Internet Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)