Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov or Liadov (1855–1914)
was a Russian composer, teacher and conductor.
Lyadov was born in St. Petersburg into a family of
eminent Russian musicians. He was taught informally by
his conductor step-father Konstantin Lyadov from 1860
to 1868, and then in 1870 entered the St. Petersburg
Conservatory to study piano and violin.
He soon gave up instrumental study to concentrate on
counterpoint and fugue, although he remained a fine
pianist. His natural musical talent was highly thought
of by, among others, Modest Mussorgsky, and during the
1870s he became associated with the group of composers
known as The Mighty Handful. He entered the composition
classes of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, but was expelled
for absenteeism in 1876. In 1878 he was readmitted to
these classes to help him complete his graduation
While Lyadov's technical facility was highly regarded
by his contemporaries, his unreliability stood in the
way of his advancement. His published compositions are
relatively few through his natural indolence and a
certain self-critical lack of confidence. Many of his
works are variations on or arrangements of pre-existing
material (for example his Russian Folksongs, Op. 58).
He did compose a large number of piano miniatures, of
which his Musical Snuffbox of 1893 is perhaps most
Although this piece was originally created for Piano, I
created this Interpretation for Flute & Violin.