Rachmaninoff's Complete Songs: A Companion with Texts and Translations - Russian Music Studies (Hardback)Richard D. Sylvester (author)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff-the last great Russian romantic and arguably the finest pianist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries-wrote 83 songs, which are performed and beloved throughout the world. Like German Lieder and French melodies, the songs were composed for one singer, accompanied by a piano. In this complete collection, Richard D. Sylvester provides English translations of the songs, along with accurate transliterations of the original texts and detailed commentary. Since Rachmaninoff viewed these "romances" primarily as performances and painstakingly annotated the scores, this volume will be especially valuable for students, scholars, and practitioners of voice and piano.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 803 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 22 mm
In his Companion, Richard D. Sylvester not only puts under careful factual scrutiny the entirety of Rachmaninoff's solo vocal output; he also invites his readers to consider the aesthetic and historical significance of Rachmaninoff's 26-year-long engagement with lyric poetry. This multi-functional volume offers much more than its meek title may suggest.* Canadian Slavonic Papers *
Richard D. Sylvester's companion to Rachmaninoff's songs is a perfect guide for performers and Rachmaninoff enthusiasts.* Russian Review *
All lovers of Russian music owe a great debt of gratitude to Professor Sylvester, whose latest book may be recommended without qualification.* Slavonic and East European Review *
A treasure for the serious music reference library, Sylvester's work compiles art song data needed by students, teachers, researchers, and performers. . . . This is a scholarly effort welcome in university, conservatory, and large public library collections as well as the home shelves of music lovers.* American Reference Books Annual *
Sylvester . . . paints a rich, detailed, and variegated picture of Rachmaninoff's output as a song composer, the range and variety of his literary reading, and his many creative interactions with singers.* Music and Letters *
[T]he writer exposes the real-life practitioner of music, whether student, teacher, or seasoned performer, to an accessible source of rich, meticulously researched data so central for au fait artistic interpretation of classics, and often so hard to glean from routinely dry and difficult musicology texts. The robustness of research behind the book is in no way compromised by its accessibility, and is evident from an astounding bibliography section that spans ten pages and contains 289 references.* Journal of Singing *
The author . . . makes Russian songs accessible to those without previous language training. Multiple indexes make this a fine reference source for texts.* Choice *
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