Maxim Shalygin

composer / conductor

Writing music for the common 20th-century types of classical ensembles that comprise a variety of instruments has lost its appeal to me over the last couple of years. My musical forms tend to show a reduction to homogeneous instrumental compositions: the Marian Antiphons for 12 voices a cappella, the Insane Dances for saxophone quartet, Six Bagatelles for Two Violins, the Suite – Homage to Alfred Schnittke for three cellos, etc.

Thus, I conceived of a cycle for a lifetime,  entitled Similar

Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs 


for 7 violins

Todos los fuegos el fuego


for 8 saxophones