Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff : A Lifetime in Music

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Sergei Rachmaninoff A Lifetime in MusicSergei Bertensson and Jay Leyda, with the assistance of Sophia SatinaWith a new introduction by David Butler CannataAn indispensable and captivating document, now back in print!Throughout his career as composer, conductor, and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was an intensely private individual. When Bertensson and Leyda's 1956 biography appeared, it lifted the veil of secrecy from several areas of Rachmaninoff's life, especially concerning the genesis of his compositions and how their critical reception affected him.The authors consulted a number of people who knew Rachmaninoff, who worked with him, and who corresponded with him. Even with the availabilty of such sources and full access to the Rachmaninoff Archive at the Library of Congress, Bertensson, Leyda, and were tireless in their pursuit of privately held documents, particularly correspondence. The wonderfully engaging product of their labors masterfully incorporates primary materials into the narrative. Almost half a century after it first appeared, this volume remains essential reading.Sergei Bertensson, who knew Rachmaninoff, published other works on music and film, often with a documentary emphasis.Jay Leyda wrote extensively on Russian music and film, as well as on American literature.David Butler Cannata is Professor of Music at Boyer College of Music, Temple University.Sophia Satina was Rachmaninoff's sister-in-law and cousin.Russian Music Studies-Malcolm Hamrick Brown, founding editorshow more

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  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 34mm | 762.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 14 b&w photos
  • 0253214211
  • 9780253214218
  • 224,445

About Sergei Bertensson

Sergei Bertensson, who knew Rachmaninoff, published works on music and film, often with a documentary emphasis.Jay Leyda wrote extensively on Russian Music and film, as well as on American literature.David Butler Cannata is Professor of Music History at Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University.show more

Table of contents

Introduction to the 2000 Reprint, by David CannataPrefaceProloguePart I1. Zverev and His Cubs2. A New Family3. Aleko and "Free Artist"4. Deaths and Failure5. Second Concerto6. Imperial Theater7. Operas and Projects8. Dresden9. Europe10. First American Tour11. "Re" and The Bells12. War and Night VigilPart II13. Virtuoso14. Ties with Russia15. The Composer Resumes16. Work and Rest17. Exile Reinforced18. Senar and Rapsodie19. The "Russian" Symphony20. The Composer Rebuffed21. Retreat from Europe22. Symphonic Dances23. CaliforniaNotes on the TextAppendix 1. WorksIndexshow more

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