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Description - Sergei Rachmaninoff by Sergei Bertensson

Throughout his career as composer, conductor, and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was an intensely private individual. When Bertensson and Leyda's 1956 biography appeared, it lifted the veil of secrecy on several areas of Rachmaninoff's life, especially concerning the genesis of his compositions and how he was affected by their critical reception. These pages are fabulously peopled. Here we find the Tchaikovsky brothers, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Glazunov, and Stravinsky, as well as Chekhov, Stanislavsky, Chaliapin, Fokine, Hofmann, and Horowitz. This biography reflects direct consultation with a number of people who knew Rachmaninoff, worked with him, and corresponded with him. Even with the availabilty of such sources and full access to the Rachmaninoff Archive at the Library of Congress, Bertensson, Leyda, and Satina (Rachmaninoff's cousin and sister-in-law) were tireless in their pursuit of privately held documents, particularly correspondence. The wonderfully engaging product of their labours masterfully incorporates primary materials into the narrative. Almost half a century after it first appeared, this volume remains essential reading.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253214218
ISBN-10: 0253214211
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 520
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sergei Bertensson

Sergei Bertensson, who knew Rachmaninoff, published works on music and film, often with a documentary emphasis.Jay Leyda wrote extensively on Russian Music and film, as well as on American literature.David Butler Cannata is Professor of Music History at Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University.