Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music

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Indiana University Press, 1956 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Sergei Rachmaninoff
A Lifetime in Music
Sergei Bertensson and Jay Leyda, with the assistance of Sophia Satina
With a new introduction by David Butler Cannata
An 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 editor

  

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Contents

Introduction by David Butler Cannata
ix
Preface
xxx
Prologue
2
PART I
9
A New Family
23
Aleho and Free Artist
39
Deaths and Failure
56
Second Concerto
75
Virtuoso
210
Ties with Russia
228
The Composer Resumes
244
Work and Rest
262
Exile Reinforced
271
Senar and Rupsodie
284
The Russian Symphony
306
The Composer Rebuffed
322

Imperial Theater
97
Operas and Projects
112
Dresden
130
Europe
143
First American Tour
161
Re and Tlie Bells
176
War and Night Vigil
189
1
196
Retreat from Europe
335
Symphonic Dances
355
California
371
Notes on the Text
387
Works
402
Rachmaninoffs Work on Records
420
Index
439
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About the author (1956)

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.

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