Rostropovich:The Musical Life of the Great Cellist, Teacher, and Legend

Rostropovich:The Musical Life of the Great Cellist, Teacher, and Legend

by Elizabeth Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566637767

ISBN-13: 9781566637763

Pub. Date: 01/25/2008

Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher

When renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich died less than a year ago at the age of eighty, the world lost not only an extraordinary musician but an accomplished conductor, an outsize personality, and a courageous human being. "It is not an exaggeration to say that the history of the cello in the twentieth century would be unthinkable without the name of Mstislav

Overview

When renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich died less than a year ago at the age of eighty, the world lost not only an extraordinary musician but an accomplished conductor, an outsize personality, and a courageous human being. "It is not an exaggeration to say that the history of the cello in the twentieth century would be unthinkable without the name of Mstislav Rostropovich," writes Elizabeth Wilson. "He has seemed to me like a personification of the cello itself." Ms. Wilson, a former student of "Slava" and the acclaimed biographer of both Shostakovich and Jacqueline du Pré, has written the definitive biography of the master. Rostropovich teems with entertaining anecdotes and therefore brings the reader as close as one can get to the method and psychology of Rostropovich's playing and teaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566637763
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
01/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
992,227
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Notes on the text     xix
Introduction: A perspective on the Russian school of cello-playing     1
Beginnings     13
Studies at the Moscow Conservatoire     26
The start of a performing career     41
The young teacher     55
Contacts with composers I: from Gliere to Prokofiev     64
Establishing new performance standards (1952-62)     79
An independent teacher     104
Contacts with composers II: Shostakovich and his successors     125
Natalya Shakhovskaya     141
Popularizing the cello     148
Aleksandr Knaifel     171
The early 1960s     178
Natalya Gutman     206
Teaching principles: Class 19 in the 1960s     211
Karine Georgian     235
Principles of interpretation     242
Victoria Yagling     269
The late 1960s     279
Ivan Monighetti     302
The final years in the Soviet Union     313
Epilogue     343
Rostropovich's cello students, 1947-74     351
Letter from Rostropovich to anumber of Russian newspapers     354
List of sources     359
Index     363

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