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Alexander Siloti (1863-1945), a name associated with musical greats such as Tchaikovsky, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff, was a pianist, conductor, impresario, advocate for new music, and mentor of new composers; a musical great in his own right. Lost in the Stars is Charles Barber's recreation of the vital times in which Siloti lived: the St. Petersburg musical culture and Russia's Silver Age of music. Barber highlights Siloti's move to America, where he spent his days teaching, far away from his remarkable career that earned him glowing reviews in Russia. Barber also focuses on Siloti's own tastes and aesthetics and his role in the broader artistic life of his era. The text also examines the "why" behind Siloti's almost forgotten legacy and discusses the slow reappearance of Siloti's music in our times, partly due to the ardent work of his admirers. In addition to containing the first-ever catalogue of Siloti's works, as well as a performer and repertoire list of his concert series, the book also contains the world-premiere release of a Naxos CD of a dozen Bach-Siloti transcriptions performed by pianist James Barbagallo. An important addition to any musician's collection, Lost in the Stars will be of special value to conductors, pianists, and piano teachers. Libraries with collections in music or that support a curriculum in music history will also find the text to be a valuable source, not only for scholars, but for those interested in 20th century Russian music as well.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments and Permissions Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Beginnings Chapter 4 2 With Liszt at Weimar Chapter 5 3 From Weimar to Moscow Chapter 6 4 On Tour, 1892-1900 Chapter 7 5 Home Again Chapter 8 6 Rachmaninoff Chapter 9 7 St. Petersburg, City and Culture Chapter 10 8 The Siloti Concerts of 1903-1917 Chapter 11 9 The October Revolution Chapter 12 10 Wandering Chapter 13 11 America, 1922-1945 Chapter 14 12 Teaching in New York Chapter 15 13 In Our Times Chapter 16 Appendix A The Siloti Concert Programs, 1903-1917 Chapter 17 Appendix B People's free Concert Programs, 1915-1917 Chapter 18 Appendix C Siloti Publishers and Worklist if editions and Transcriptions Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 Discography Studio Recordings of Siloti Transcriptions by Other Artists, 1924 Siloti Duo-Art Catalogue Chapter 21 Personalia Chapter 22 Index Chapter 23 About the Author
Posted January 5, 2003
I'm an fan of Charles Barber which I know him personnaly. I'm interested in this book because of the inserts I was able to read a couple of years ago. Knowing the time, lenght and hard work Charles put into this book. Having been invited to attend a few of his concerts, has opened a new world to me in the classical music world and I appreciate the dedication of his and all who put so much in to thier work, to bring us this great music. One thing stays in my mind Charles once told me if it was not for these great composers and conductors from way back we would not have this great music of today! It all had to start somewhere? Charles showed me where it did and he doesn't want the great ones to go unknoticed, we need more people like Charles so great music and composers never die through time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2002
I am the author, so what follows is completely biased. (I also wrote 'Ziloti' for New Grove 2000.) Here's what's in the book: a thorough examination of the life and times of the great Russian pianist-conductor Alexander Siloti (1863-1945) and the people in his orbit, focussing particularly on Liszt, Tchaikovsky, the Rubinsteins, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsksky et al; a huge bibliography and discography; a Personnalia set of biographies; a brilliant Naxos CD of Bach-Siloti piano transcriptions performed by the late James Barbagallo; 16pp of rare photographs; a complete worklist of Siloti's 200+ compositions; a complete list of all the Siloti Concert programs from 1903-1917, plus the Gorky Concerts; a cultural history of St Petersburg itself; Siloti's pedagogy and students, especially at the Juilliard School; an analysis of his most famous transcription, the 'B-Minor Prelude'; and more -- all of this in some 250,000 tedious words designed to appeal to a small group of piano, conducting, and St Petersburg music fanatics. The jacket blurbs attempting to induce you to purchase it are by Marilyn Horne, Gary Graffman, Michael Steinberg, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Valery Gergiev. If any of this actually interests you, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will e you the book's Introduction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.