Anton Rubinstein: A Life in Music - Russian Music Studies (Hardback)Philip S. Taylor (author)
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The first modern biography in English of Russian composer-pianist Anton Rubinstein, this book places Rubinstein within the context of Russian and western European musical culture during the late 19th century, exploring his rise to international fame from humble origins in Bessarabia, as well as his subsequent rapid decline and marginalization in later musical culture. Taylor provides a balanced account of Rubinstein's life and his career as a piano virtuoso, conductor, composer, and as the founder of Russia's first conservatory. Widely considered the virtuosic heir to Liszt, and recognized internationally as an equivalent cultural icon, he performed with most leading musicians of the day, including Liszt himself, Joachim, Clara Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens, and Ysaye.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
. . . Intended for the lay reader, this densely footnoted but readable book features no musical analysis. It is a triumph of modern musicological scholarship recommended for all music libraries. * Library Journal *
All too often composers who are out of favor are given cursory scholarly attention or sometimes only a brief tome asserting the need for a revival of interest. British scholar Philip Taylor takes a great leap beyond this with his thorough, engaging account of the life of the unjustly forgotten composer-pianist Anton Rubinstein (1829-94). . . . [T]his book will appeal as much to the music scholar as to the music lover seeking to learn more about a unique and understudied artist. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
Taylor writes with fluency, economy, precision and judgement, although he is characteristically modest about his aims: 'this author has tried to allow Rubinstein to speak for himself, adding commentaries, where necessary, for the sake of narrative structure and clarity' (p. xxiii). In doing so, Taylor has done us an enormous service, and certainly one which Rubinstein himself would have admired.Vol. 88.3, July 2010 * Slavonic & East European Review *
. . . this is a valuable, much-needed and important study. . . I for one take my hat off to the author for a remarkable achievement. -- Jeremy Nicholas * Gramophone *
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