The composer German Grigoriyevich Okunev (1931–1973) is the distinguished representative of the Russian composition school during the second half of the 20ieth century. Okunev was born in Leningrad and overcame the Blockade. Being а child he was awarded the medal «For the Defence of Leningrad» for his participation in the concerts on the Baltic navy ships. Having graduated from the piano and composition faculties of the Leningrad Conservatoire, he studied at Dmitri Shostakovich untiI1964. The same year Okunev started his pedagogical activity at the conservatoire as the teacher of composition. In 1972 he became the member of the Leningrad Composers' Union directorate.
Numerous wonderful works belong to German Okunev, such as two symphonies, the ba11et «Greatcoat», orchestral suite «At the Festive Neva», piano cycle «The North's Echoes», Concerto for piano with chamber orchestra, vocal cycle to the verses by Marina Tsvetayeva, Concerto for hautboy and chamber orchestra, Sonatina for trumpet and piano, Scherzino for clarinet and piano, Quintet for the winds «Leningrad Engravings» and other chamber- instrumental ensembles. Among the executants there were Mariya Karandashova, Mikhail Vaiman, Lubov' Bruk, Mark Taimanov, Maria Grinberg, Hanasi Chinakayev, Anatoly Lyubimov, Vita1y Buyanovsky, Victor Venglovsky.
Scherzo and Adagio — the kind of diptych for trombone and piano — was dedicated to the trombonist Victor Venglovsky.