Boris ARAPOV (1905–1992) — famous com-poser and teacher, graduate of the Leningrad Conser-vatoire, where he studied at V. Shcherbachyov. His acti-vity was tightly connected with the Leningrad (Pe-tersburg) Conservatoire. Since 1940 he was given the title of a professor and since 1974 was appointed the head of the composition faculty. Among his numerous disciples there are such personalities as G. Banshchikov, L. Desyatnikov, A. Knaifel, S. Slonimsky. Arapov’s heritage embraces three operas, the ballet, seven symphonies, plenty of symphony and chamber-instrumental compositions, vocal and piano music.
Instrumental concertos take special place in Arapov’s creation. Just remember his Concerto for violin and orchestra (1964), Concerto for full symphony orchestra (1969) and Concerto for violin, piano and percussion with chamber orchestra to I. F. Stravinsky’s memory (1973). Arapov endows this genre with both symphonic and scenic natures. The instrumental concerto conceived as theatrical action with animated personified instruments makes for the symphony to be conspicuously embodied on theatre stage.