Anton Rubinstein: A Life in Music

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Indiana University Press, Jun 14, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
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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 Ysaÿe.

 

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A towering figure in late 19th-century Russian music, pianist-composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-94) was heralded in his day as the greatest piano virtuoso after Franz Liszt. Written in a conservative ... Read full review

Contents

The Historical Context
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2 Return to Russia and First Opera 184853
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3 Foreign Tour 185459
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4 The Founding of the Russian Music Society and Russias First Conservatory 185967
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5 Europe and America Concert Tour 186773
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6 A Villa at Peterhof and Operatic Successes 187385
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7 The Historical Concerts and Second Term as Director of the St Petersburg Conseratory 188591
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8 Dresden 189194
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Appendixes
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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Back Cover
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Philip S. Taylor, who died in 2007, was a member of the Institute of Translating and Interpreting, United Kingdom.

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