Leonid Lyubovsky (*1937) was born in the small Russian town of Kamenka where he grew up during the Second World War. After graduating from the Kazan State Conservatory, he assumed a post there in the Music Composition Department. The acceptance of this academic position in no way hindered Lyubovsky’s intense creative output.
Leonid Lyubovsky is the composer who feels the modern age, its vigorous and dynamic pulse and rush of life. His music is penetrated with speculations and philosophical profundity. The composer’s current catalog of works includes six symphonies, three operas, three ballets, a symphonic oratorio, several vocal pieces and a large list of instrumental chamber music.
Lyubovsky describes his Brass Quintet as in a certain sense a “suite of contrasts”. The opening movement is a prelude that explores the individual instruments’ soloistic possibilities. The short fiery second movement is quickly succeeded by what the composer regards as “the dramatic nucleus of the cycle; a movement not without a dark tragic undercurrent”. The final movement turns to a playful mood which Lyubovsky views as at once both emotional and humorous.
From the tour booklet of the Annapolis Brass Quintet, USA