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Boris Vladimirovich Asafyev (Russian: ? ; 29 July [O.S. 17 July] 1884 – 27 January 1949) was a Russian and Soviet composer, writer, musicologist, musical critic and one of founders of Soviet musicology. He is the dedicatee of Prokofiev's First Symphony. He was born in Saint Petersburg.
Viljanen, Elina (2017). The Problem of the Modern and Tradition: Early Soviet Musical Culture and the Musicological Theory of Boris Asafiev (1884-1949) (Ph.D. thesis. University of Helsinki). Acta Semiotica Fennica. Approaches to Musical Semiotics, 23. Helsinki: Suomen Semiotiikan Seura. ISBN978-952-68257-7-9. ISSN1235-497X. Lay summary.