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Nikolay V. Shimansky

Doctor of Sciences (Musicology)
Professor of the Department of Music Theory at the Belarusian State Academy of Music
Member of the Church and Public Council for the Development of Russian Church Singing

Research sphere and interests

Research interests are concentrated in the field of early polyphony.
PhD research: Polyphonic Symphonies by N. Y. Myaskovsky. M., 1985.
Grand PhD research: Early Polyphony in the Liturgical Music of The Western European Middle Ages (on the Organum Typology). Minsk, 2017.


  1. Shimansky N. V. Typology of Polyphony in Liturgical Music of Western European Tradition: the Phenomenon of Archaic Vocal and Ensemble Intonation: research. – Minsk, Belarusian State Academy of Music, 2006.
  2. Articles in academic peer-reviewed journals:

  3. Shimansky N. V. Early Forms of Choral Notation in Music of the Middle Ages // Bulletin Of Belarus State Music Academy. – 2014. – No. 25. – P. 142-147.
  4. Shimansky N. V. Reform by Guido and Neume Writing in Terms of Dialectics // Music Culture of Belarus and the World: Traditions of Oral and Written Creativity: Collection of academic papers / Belarus State Music Academy; ed. I. D. Nana, V. W. Dazelia. – Art history, 2015. - Issue. 35. - P. 189-197.
  5. Šimanskis, N. Daži aspekti Rietumeiropas agrīnā kontrapunkta vēsturē: akvitāņu daudzbalsības izpēte vēsturiskās evolūcijas rakursā / N. Šimanskis // Mūzikas akadēmijas raksti / Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija. – 2013. – No IX. – S. 6-22; Shymansky, N. V. Principles of Lines Coordination in the Early Organum / N. V. Shymansky // Paradigmata Poznání. – № 1, 2016. – P. 111-114.
  6. Shimansky N. V. The Problem of Early Polyphony in the Period of the Notre-Dame School (with the Example of Organum by Pérotin) // South-Russian Musical Anthology. No. 1 (22), 2016. – C. 5 – 11; // Culture of Belarus: encycl.: at 6 t / redcal.: U. Andryevich (Gal. red.) [I NS.] – Minsk: P. Brock Belar. encycl. IMIA, 2010 – 2015. - Vol. 6. – 2015. – P. 205 – 206.
  7. Shimansky N. V. On the Construction of the Artistic Style in the Mass “Gregorianica” by A. Litvinovsky // Literature and Art of the New Century: the Transformation Process and the Traditions’ Continuity: Materials of the International Academic Conf. on Jan. 20-21 2016, Prague; ed. by V. V. Lipich. – Prague: Vědecko vydavatelské centrum "Sociosféra-CZ", 2016. - P. 59-61.


Nikolay V. Shimansky made a significant contribution to the development of discipline in Belarusian musicology. In this regard, he developed the typology of polyphony on the basis of extensive historical and theoretical material, including music samples by modern Belarusian composers.