MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian composer Georgy Sviridov, who wrote music for the theater and movies as well as setting some of his songs to words of leading writers and poets, has died. He was 82.

Sviridov died Monday night at the Central Clinical Hospital as a result of a heart attack he suffered on Dec. 11, his wife said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Born Dec. 12, 1915, in Fatezh in southern Russia, Sviridov studied with the great Soviet composer Dmitry Shostakovich and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1941.

From 1962-74 he served as secretary of the Union of Composers, the highest official post in the Soviet music hierarchy.

He was known for songs that were set to the words of Scottish poet Robert Burns and Russian authors Boris Pasternak and Sergei Yesenin. He also wrote music for the theater and films.

President Boris Yeltsin sent his condolences to Sviridov's wife, Elsa, saying in a telegram that his death meant an ``enormous and irreplaceable loss for the Russian culture,'' the presidential press service reported.

Sviridov will be buried in Moscow on Friday, ITAR-Tass said.