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Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff

by Michael Scott
     
 

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The musical child of Russia's golden age, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was the last great romantic. Scorned by the musical establishment until very recently, his music received hostile reviews from critics and other composers. Conversely, it never failed to find widespread popular acclaim. Michael Scott's book investigates Rachmaninoff's intense and often melodramatic life,

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The musical child of Russia's golden age, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was the last great romantic. Scorned by the musical establishment until very recently, his music received hostile reviews from critics and other composers. Conversely, it never failed to find widespread popular acclaim. Michael Scott's book investigates Rachmaninoff's intense and often melodramatic life, following him from imperial Russia to his years of exile as a wandering virtuoso and his death in Beverley Hills during the Second World War, worn out by his punishing schedule.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Scott's (founder, London Opera Society; The Great Caruso) book on pianist-composer Sergey Rachmaninoff is almost entirely biographical, unlike Barrie Martyn's Rachmaninoff: Composer, Pianist, Conductor and Max Harrison's Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings, which combine biography with musical analysis (both have musical examples, but Scott's book does not). The strength of Scott's book is in the numerous quotations from Rachmaninoff's letters; however, Rachmaninoff's life is of interest because of his music. Martyn and Harrison offer superior examinations of Rachmaninoff's music, and Robert Walker's popular biography (sans footnotes) Rachmaninoff has the advantage of many illustrations (Martyn's and Harrison's books also have illustrations)-inexplicably, Scott's has none. For a general treatment of Rachmaninoff's life and music, Harrison's book is the best. Recommended for libraries specializing in music or Russian materials.
—Bruce R. Schueneman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752472423
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
437 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Scott is one of the most knowledgeable writers on music and great performers. His previous books include biographies on Caruso and Maria Callas.

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