DUNAEVSKY ISAAC OSIPOVICH 1900-1955 

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Isaak Dunaevsky is a classic of the Soviet musical comedy, the author of many popular songs of the 30-50's. His creative work gained truly recognition. His cheerful merry melodies helped to live, to build a renovated society, they accompanied recreating and learning.

The cheerful, bright and melodic music of Isaac Dunaevsky, who began his musical career in early childhood, secured him the unspoken title of "Soviet Mozart". Each of his songs is a kind of masterpiece that instills faith in the best - in ones own strengths, in people, in a bright future, capturing completely and for a long time making them sing light tunes.

Isaac Osipovich Dunaevsky was born in Lokhvitsa, Poltava province. At the age of six, he learned to play piano. Two years later, a violin teacher was invited to him. When the boy was ten years old, he left for Kharkov. There he entered the gymnasium and musical school, then studied in the Conservatory (violin and composition classes) and at the law faculty of Kharkov University.

The dynamic character of the young musician showed itself when he graduated from the conservatory.

"Portrait of Isaac Dunaevsky"

Author Rinat Kuramshin

Gramophone record music

for the movie "Funny guys"

I. Dunaevsky

Isaac Dunaevsky

Notes "Moon waltz"

I. Dunaevsky

Poster for the movie "Circus"

He collaborated in newspaper, organized music clubs and studios in the clubs, lectured at the people's University, headed the music sector of the provincial Department of public education, he served as a violinist-choirmaster, and then as a conductor in the orchestra of Kharkov drama theater. Dunaevsky also created music for the performances that were on the stage of the local theater.

Since 1924, Dunaevsky lived in Moscow and continued his theatrical work. He headed the musical department in the Unconventional theater "Hermitage", in the Russian Drama Korsh Theatre, wrote music for dramas and one-act ballets; he created music for musical comedies. 

Dunaevskiy wrote 14 operettas, 3 ballets, 3 cantatas, 80 choruses, 80 songs and romances, music for 88 plays and 42 films, 43 compositions for light music orchestra and 12 for jazz orchestra, 17 melodeclamations, 52 compositions for symphony orchestra and 47 piano compositions and a string quartet.He was one of the first composers in the Soviet Union to start using jazz. He wrote the music for three of the most important films of the pre-war Stalinist era, Jolly Fellows, Circus and the film said to be Stalin's favorite film Volga-Volga, all directed by Grigori Aleksandrov.

In a reply to the British book The World of Music, he listed the following as his chief works: The Golden Valley operetta (1937), The Free Wind operetta (1947), and music to the films Circus (1935) and The Kuban Cossacks (1949).
The 30’ was the heyday of Dunaevsky creativity. Movies with his music appeared one after another: "Jolly fellows", "Three Comrades", "The Goalkeeper", "Circus", "The Children of Captain Grant", "The Seekers of Happiness", "Concert by Beethoven", "Rich Bride", "Volga-Volga", "Bright Path". Songs from those films - "Kakhovka", "March of Tractor-drivers", "The Athletes March", "Oh, it is Good", "By Wide Path", "March of Enthusiasts", "Song about the Motherland" – became widely popular.

Poster for the movie "Funny guys"

Gramophone record 

Musical comedy "Volga Volga"

I. Dunaevsky

Overture to the film

"Captain Grant's Children"

Arrangement for piano in 4 hands

I.Dunaevsky, L.Utesov, D.Shostakovich

It is important to note that Dunaevsky was the innovator in music; he raised the cinema composer’s significance to the unprecedented level.
During the great Patriotic War Isaac Osipovich headed Song and Dance Ensemble of the Central House of Culture of Railway men. The ensemble performed in different towns and in the front-line military units. His new songs – "Forward, against the enemy, for the Homeland", "My Moscow", "Song of Girls-Fighters", "Two girlfriends” gained popularity.
In the postwar years, the composer continued to work on large-scale pieces, created several operettas, and writes music for new films. His concert activity gained large scale.
In the creative heritage of Dunaevsky - Music for 28 films, 14 operettas, 4 ballets,  a large number of popular songs comprise the composer the creative heritage