By Philip S. Taylor
The 1st sleek biography in English of Russian composer-pianist Anton Rubinstein, this booklet areas Rubinstein in the context of Russian and western eu musical tradition through the overdue nineteenth century, exploring his upward push to overseas popularity from humble origins in Bessarabia, in addition to his next speedy decline and marginalization in later musical tradition. Taylor offers a balanced account of Rubinstein’s lifestyles and his occupation as a piano virtuoso, conductor, composer, and because the founding father of Russia’s first conservatory. generally thought of the virtuosic inheritor to Liszt, and well-known the world over as an an identical cultural icon, he played with such a lot top musicians of the day, together with Liszt himself, Joachim, Clara Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens, and Ysaÿe.
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Despite the family’s considerable ¤nancial hardship, it was decided that Kaleriya Khristoforovna would travel to Berlin with Anton, Nikolay, and Lyuba, leaving two-year-old So¤ya in the care of her father. Kaleriya Khristoforovna had concluded that the aristocratic patrons of the arts in Russia would only acknowledge the musical gifts of her sons if they had studied under respected foreign maestros. Her resolve was strengthened after Liszt’s visit to Moscow in the spring of 1843, when the Hungarian virtuoso was favorably impressed by Nikolay’s playing of one of Moscheles’s fantasies and repeated his earlier advice: the need for a solid grounding in the theory of music.
I. Tchaikovsky. P. I. Chaykovskiy: Polnoye sobraniye sochineniy. Literaturnïye proizvedeniya [P. I. Tchaikovsky: Complete collected works. Literary works]. 18 vols. Moscow, 1953–81. Nikolay Findeyzen. A. G. Rubinshteyn: Ocherk yego zhizni i muzïkal’noy deyatel’nosti [A. G. Rubinstein: An outline of his life and musical activities]. Moscow, 1907. La Mara (pseudonym of Ida Lipsius). Briefe hervorragender Zeitgenossen an Franz Liszt. Nach den Handschriften der Weimarer Liszt-Museums mit Unterstützung von dessen Custos Geheimrath Gille herausgegeben von La Mara.
Nikolay Findeyzen. A. G. Rubinshteyn: Ocherk yego zhizni i muzïkal’noy deyatel’nosti [A. G. Rubinstein: An outline of his life and musical activities]. Moscow, 1907. La Mara (pseudonym of Ida Lipsius). Briefe hervorragender Zeitgenossen an Franz Liszt. Nach den Handschriften der Weimarer Liszt-Museums mit Unterstützung von dessen Custos Geheimrath Gille herausgegeben von La Mara. Vols 1–2, Leipzig, 1895. G. A. Laroche. Izbrannïye stat’i v 5-i vïpuskakh [Selected articles in 5 volumes]. Vols. 2–4.