Galina Gorelova (Halina Harelava)

(b. 1951, Minsk).

Belarusian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere.

Ms. Gorelova studied composition with Anatoly Bogatyrev and Dmitry Smolsky at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk from 1972–79 and with Yuri Fortunatov at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1980–87.

Among her honours are the State Prize of Belarus (1992, for Anno mundi ardentis) and the Special Prize from the President of Belarus (2001, for Concerto [2 trumpets]). Her music has been performed in Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA.

Ms. Gorelova is also active in other positions. She co-founded with Sergey Beltiukov, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Dmitry Lybin, Yevgeny Poplavsky (Yauhen Paplauski), and other composers the Belarusian Society for Contemporary Music in Minsk in 1990.

She has taught composition, orchestral history and polyphony at the Belarusian State Academy of Music since 1980.

In addition to the works listed below, she has composed much music for radio, stage and TV productions.


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Concerto, violin, large orchestra, 1979

Concerto, oboe, 19/20 strings, 1984

Concerto, balalaika, orchestra, 1991

Concerto, trumpet, orchestra, 1992

Concerto, guitar, small orchestra/orchestra (tubular bells, 29/31 strings), 1994

Concerto, trombone, large orchestra, 1996

Concerto, 2 trumpets, orchestra (3 percussion, 33 strings), 1998

Concerto, viola, small orchestra (tubular bells, 22/26 strings), 2000

Allégresse (concerto), large orchestra, 2002

Ingemisco, viola, small orchestra, 2007

La Fermata nel tempo, large orchestra, 2008

Concerto, percussion, small orchestra, 2009


Scherzino, cello, piano, 1980

Two Belarusian Melodies, 3 violins, piano, 1981

Two Paintings of Henri Matisse, cello, 1981

The Frescoes of Snetogorsk, oboe, 1982

Little Suite, flute, bassoon, violin, cello, 1984

Round Dances, violin, cello, piano, 1984

Mir Castle, guitar, 1985, revised 1992

Thirteen Pieces for Children, balalaika, piano, 1985

Three Songs without Words, cello, piano, 1986

25 Belarusian Songs and Dances, violin, piano, 1986

Ballad, cello, piano, 1987

Three Belarusian Melodies, oboe, violin, cello, 1987

Three Melodies, 3 violins, 1987

Seven Modal Pieces, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer from Eastern Europe), 1987

Sonata, violin, piano, 1988

Konzertstück, 2 pianos, xylophone, 1989

Toccata, balalaika, piano, 1989

Legend, trombone, piano, 1990

Vocalise and Burlesque, trumpet, piano, 1990

Twelve Songs, trumpet, piano, 1991

Three Portraits of Radoslava, flute, piano, 1993

Pastorale, flute, piano, 1993

Two Views of the Ideal Woman, oboe, 1994

A Song of Pesnyakevich, flute, piano, 1994

Al fresco (sonata), double bass, piano, 1995

A Portrait of the Artist's Wife, violin, piano, 1995

Lonely Idyll, clarinet, piano, 1996

Touches (sonata), clarinet, 1996

A Day in the Beginning of November, flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 French horns, trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 1997

A Sad Shadow of Barbara, 2 harps, 1997 (also version for 2 pianos)

Little Triptych, 4 trumpets, 1997

Figures on a Greek Vase I, 2 harps, 1998

Al sereno, viola, piano, 1998

Sonatina, balalaika, piano, 1998

Fanfares and Toccatina, 3 trumpets, 1998

Two Pieces, piccolo trumpet, piano, 2000

From a German Album, piccolo trumpet, 4 trumpets, tuba, 2000

Reminiscence of Nesvizh, guitar, virginals, 2000

Christmas Fantasy, flute, piano, 2001

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, viola, piano, 2001

Lucia perpetuo moto, viola, piano, 2001

A Day in the Life of Tatyana, guitar, cello, 2001

Introduction and Fantasy on a Ragtime Theme, viola, piano, 2003

Starling above a Church, flute, guitar, cello, 2004

My Heart Wishes to Return to Kraków, violin, cello, piano, 2004

Three Gobelin Tapestries from Wawel, violin, cello/double bass, piano, 2004

A Night's Snowfall, guitar, 2004

A New Year's Reflection, guitar, 2004

Hoarfrost on Bells, ensemble, 2005

She Played Flute to a Garden, flute, 2005

Valentine's Day, ensemble, 2005

Seven Elegies of Li Bai, guitar, percussion, 2007


Lyrical Cantata (texts from folksongs from Belarus), female chorus, orchestra, 1977 (also version for female chorus, 6 or more folk players from Belarus, 1977)

DazhinkiHarvest (text from ancient folklore from Belarus), mixed chorus, 1980

Three Songs (text by Walter de la Mare), children's chorus, piano, 1986

I want to speak in the language of flowers (text by Shike Driz), children's chorus, 1986


Song-Cycle on Texts of Leopold Staff (text by Leopold Staff), baritone, piano, 1974

Songs of the Girl (text by Maksim Bahdanovič), soprano, piccolo, piano, 1979

Sad Songs (text by Anna Akhmatova), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1980

In Praise of Poor Men (text by Pierre-Jean de Béranger), baritone, piano, 1983

Song-Cycle on Texts of Emile Verhaeren (text by Emile Verhaeren), tenor, 2 flutes, piano, 1984

Bondarovna (symphonic poem, texts by Yanka Kupala, folksongs from Belarus), folk soprano, folk alto, large orchestra, 1986

Song-Cycle on Latin-American Poetry (texts by César Vallejo, Carlos López Dzur), baritone, piano, 1986

Four Songs above a Cradle (texts by Evdokia Los, Larysa Hienijuš, Nelly Tulupova), mezzo-soprano, tsymbaly, 1988

Anno mundi ardentis (texts by Louis Aragon, Arthur Rimbaud, Guillaume Apollinaire, Arseny Tarkovsky, Valery Bryusov, Semyon Kirsanov), mezzo-soprano, baritone, large orchestra, 1989

One Thousand Years of Hope (cantata, texts by Juana Inés de la Cruz, Hwang Jini, Anna Akhmatova, Li Qingzhao, Tisato Ōe, unknown 15th-century poet from China, unknown 1st-century BC poet from Egypt), soprano, orchestra, 1990


Four Portraits, 1982

Three Landscapes, 1982–85

Three Japanese Miniatures on Silk, 1985

The Old Castle, 1987

Alex's Corner, 1990

Picture Cards on Coloured Paper (suite), 1991

Album of the Evening (suite), 1995

To a Soaring Bird (sonata), 1995

Four Sentimental Recollections, 1996

Antique MotifSolar Bell Tower, 1996

A Sad Shadow of Barbara, 2 pianos, 1997 (version of work for 2 harps)

Landscapes (suite), 1997

Sunday Music (suite), 2 pianos, 1997

Two Temptations of Adam, 1998

Four Seasons (suite), 1999

Figures on a Greek Vase II (suite), 2001

Landscape with a Blossoming Apple Tree (suite), 2004

City Tunes, 2 pianos, 2005

Ten Fairies (music for children), piano 4 hands, 2005