A Seamount in the Pacific Ocean is Named After a Russian Musician

Краски Тихого океана. Фото: Егор Никифоров, участник конкурса РГО "Самая красивая страна"

One of the extinct underwater volcanoes in the Musicians Seamounts at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean was named after a composer, conductor, teacher and prominent figure in the field of music Reinhold Glière. Employees at the Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad took part in the preparation of the relevant application to the Undersea Feature Names Committee of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

In geography, a guyot is an isolated seamount that rises above the bed of the ocean or an underwater ridge and is an extinct volcano. It has a flat top, steep slopes and is characterized by rounded outlines. Guyots usually form as a result of long-term wave abrasion of subsiding volcanic islands.


Гавайский хребет и горы Музыкантов в Тихом океане. Фото: wikipedia.org

The initiator of naming the underwater mountain after Reinhold Glière was the great-grandson of the musician, Kirill Novoselskiy. For two years, the scientists have compiled maps based on echo sounding measurements of the underwater terrain north of the Hawaiian Ridge and prepared the scientific justification for the application. After its defense in front of a high assembly of 30 international experts, a decision in favor of the proposal was made.

Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956) was People's Artist of the USSR and several union republics, the only domestic composer who was awarded the most prestigious music award of the Russian Empire, the Glinka Prize, three times, and the most prestigious award of Soviet Russia, the Stalin Prize. Holder of three Orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Order of the Badge of Honor. Operas, ballets, concertos and other works written by him were performed in many countries of the world during the life of the author. Streets, music schools and ships of several countries of the former Soviet Union bear his name.