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Rachmaninoff : life, works, recordings

Author: Max Harrison
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is now widely regarded as one of the greatest 20th-century composers and pianists. In this vital and accessible account, Max Harrison covers the span of Rachmaninoff’s life, taking in his career as composer, pianist and conductor, offering full analyses of his scores and a uniquely detailed treatment of his 1919-1942 recordings. A unified account of the man, his life and work, this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sergei Rachmaninoff
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Harrison
ISBN: 0826493122 9780826493125
OCLC Number: 708254211
Notes: Includes works lists.
Description: vi, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Before the beginning --
The family breaks up --
Zveref and Moscow --
Composition starts --
The break with Zveref --
To Ivanovka --
More compositions --
Towards graduation --
Aleko and the graduation --
First moves as 'free artist' --
More productions and Tchaikovsky's death --
The long road to Symphony No. 1 --
A symphony misunderstood --
London visit, Moscow cure --
The Crimea, Italy, Concerto No. 2 --
Composition continues and there is a marriage --
Variations, preludes, a child is born --
Two operas --
An abortive revolution, the operas produced --
Sonata, symphony, part of an opera --
The isle of the dead and Concerto No. 3 --
American and the liturgy --
1910, more preludes, more conducting --
Études-tableaux, Marietta Shaginian, more songs --
The bells and a last sonata --
World War I, all-night vigil, last songs --
Final music in Russia, escape from Petrograd --
The expatriate artist: first concerts, first recordings --
Rachmaninoff fully established --
Another two seasons, more recordings --
Concerto No. 4, Chansons Russes --
Rachmaninoff the pianist --
Classic recordings and orchestration by another --
Senar and LaFolia --
Rapsodie and symphony --
Four more seasons, major recordings --
Symphonic dances --
Last recordings, a final tour --
Envoi.
Responsibility: Max Harrison.

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