Sergei Rachmaninoff

Overview

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a renowned composer, pianist, and conductor. Because he was a member of the Russian aristocracy, he fled the country after the tsar's abdication, and eventually relocated in the United States. Many of his compositions are for piano, yet he also composed orchestral and symphony works, three operas, choral and liturgical works, some chamber works, and numerous songs. This guide catalogues his numerous works and performances, provides a detailed bibliography, and includes a discography of ...

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Overview

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a renowned composer, pianist, and conductor. Because he was a member of the Russian aristocracy, he fled the country after the tsar's abdication, and eventually relocated in the United States. Many of his compositions are for piano, yet he also composed orchestral and symphony works, three operas, choral and liturgical works, some chamber works, and numerous songs. This guide catalogues his numerous works and performances, provides a detailed bibliography, and includes a discography of recordings released within the last half-century.

Cross-referenced throughout, this volume should appeal to music and Rachmaninoff scholars who are looking for a comprehensive guide to further research.

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Briefly reviews the composer's life, then supplies basic data about the composer's works and their performances. Entries for each work give catalog reference numbers, composition date, publication date, key, duration, significant related items in the bibliography, and major modern editions. Each entry for a work is followed by entries for its premier and other significant performances. The bibliography section is divided into 13 subsections on reference books, biographies, analyses of works, interviews, and reviews. The discography includes recordings of Rachmaninoff's music released within the last half-century. Cunningham is a musician and composer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313309076
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT E. CUNNINGHAM, JR. is a pianist, violinist, and composer. While pursuing an extensive and distinguished career in information technology, he remained active as a performer and composer, eventually acquiring a master's degree in composition from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Biography 1
Life 1
Compositional Output 6
Rachmaninoff and Contemporary Musical Trends 8
Rachmaninoff's View of the Creative Process 9
Personality and World-View 12
Creative Productivity 16
Reception History 17
Works and Performances 21
Bibliography 51
Reference Books and Articles 51
Music Dictionaries 51
Catalogs 55
Bibliographies 56
Discographies 56
Other References 59
General Surveys of Rachmaninoff's Life and Works 61
Book-Length Biographies 87
Extended Discussions and Analyses of Selected Works 93
Brief Discussions of Selected Works 103
Rachmainoff's Interviews and Letters 127
Rachmaninoff and His Contemporaries 136
Rachmaninoff's Performing Art 150
Reviews and Discussions of Performances 156
Reviews and Discussions of Books 176
Reviews and Discussions of Music Editions 185
Reviews and Discussions of Recordings 188
Miscellaneous Books and Articles 206
Discography 217
Appendix 1 Rachmaninoff's Works by Performance Medium 313
Appendix 2 Rachmaninoff's Recorded Repertoire 319
Appendix 3 Abbreviations and Acronyms 325
Index 327
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