Heinrich Neuhaus: 148: A Life beyond Music - Eastman Studies in Music (Hardback)Maria Razumovskaya (author)
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Maria Razumovskaya's Heinrich Neuhaus: A Life beyond Music is the first critical study of this masterful artist. It explores what went on in his teaching studio but also seeks to understand the vibrant circumstances that underpinned Neuhaus's unique outlook and approach. These circumstances include his formative years of study in Europe alongside Karol Szymanowski (his cousin) and the renowned pianist Artur Rubinstein, the turbulence of life during the Russian Civil War, Neuhaus's meteoric rise to fame in Moscow, and his lifelong friendship with the poet Boris Pasternak.
Razumovskaya's book draws on previously unseen documents relating to Neuhaus's arrest and imprisonment in the infamous Lubyanka for criticizing the Soviet regime. By revealing how these influences helped form Neuhaus's distinct vision of a performer's subjectivity -- what he called an artist's "autopsychography" -- the book emphasizes important aesthetic principles and practices that were adopted by creative artists eager to escape the banality and limitations imposed by Socialist Realism.
MARIA RAZUMOVSKAYA, a recital pianist and researcher, teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Drawing on rare materials from Russian archives and libraries, Razumovskaya . . . has assembled a brilliantly detailed and meticulously researched picture of piano pedagogue and performer Heinrich Neuhaus. Highly Recommended. CHOICE
A fascinating read and worth a look for anyone interested in Russian/Soviet culture and music in the first half of the twentieth century. EUROPEAN HISTORY QUARTERLY
Wayward, fiery and unpredictable, Heinrich Neuhaus approached his playing and teaching with the air of an eccentric and intemperate philosopher...[he] left a righteous pianistic legacy. INTERNATIONAL PIANO
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