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Nicolas Medtner : his life and music

Author: Barrie Martyn
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Ashgate Publishing Company, 1995.
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Nicolas Medtner (1880-1951) has always been a neglected figure in the history of Russian music, and yet his friend Rachmaninoff considered him the greatest of contemporary composers. He wrote three fine piano concertos, more than one hundred solo piano compositions, including a cycle of fourteen sonatas worthy to be set alongside those of Scriabin and Prokofiev, and many beautiful songs. He was also a great pianist.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Martyn, Barrie.
Nicolas Medtner.
Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Ashgate Pub. Co., 1995
Named Person: Nikolay Karlovich Medtner; Nikolay Karlovich Medtner; Nikolay Karlovič Medtner; Nikolay Karlovič Medtner; Nikolay Karlovich Medtner; Nikolaj Karlovič Metner; Nikolaj K Metner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barrie Martyn
ISBN: 0859679594 9780859679596
OCLC Number: 32167236
Description: viii, 274 pages : illustrations, portraits, plates, music, facsimiles, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Contents: 1880-1900: Childhood and conservatoire --
1900-1903: Start of a career --
1903-1906: Personal turmoil --
1906-1909: German sojourn --
1909-1911: Conservatoire professor --
1911-1914: Friends and critics --
1914-1917: War --
1917-1921: Revolution --
1921-1925: A life abroad --
1925-1927: A return to Russia --
1927-1930: Britain and America --
1930-1935: The Muse and the Fashion --
1935-1939: Move to England --
1939-1945: Second world war --
1945-1951: Indian fairy tale.
Responsibility: Barrie Martyn.


This is the biography of Medtner, considering in turn each of his compositions. The author has drawn on Medtner's own correspondence and writings, and has collected the reminiscences of those who  Read more...


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'Martyn's sympathetic and interesting biography; with its excellent descriptions of Medtner's music, is well worth exploring.' Robin Zebaida, Classical Music 'All enthusiasts will want a copy and Read more...

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