Rachmaninoff's complete songs : a companion with texts and by Richard D. Sylvester

By Richard D. Sylvester

Sergei Rachmaninoff―the final nice Russian romantic and arguably the best pianist of the past due nineteenth and early twentieth centuries―wrote eighty three songs, that are played and cherished during the global. Like German Lieder and French mélodies, the songs have been composed for one singer, observed through a piano. during this entire assortment, Richard D. Sylvester offers English translations of the songs, besides exact transliterations of the unique texts and precise observation. due to the fact Rachmaninoff seen those "romances" basically as performances and painstakingly annotated the rankings, this quantity should be specially important for college students, students, and practitioners of voice and piano.

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But there was more to it than that. It was Zverev’s task to prepare his pupils in two or three years to be turned over to the piano faculty at the Conservatory who would complete their training—Taneyev, Vasily Safonov, Paul Pabst, Siloti, and others; and they had to be so well prepared that they did not have to be retrained. Zverev’s pupils included eminent pianists like Siloti and Konstantin Igumnov; and pianists who were composers, too, like Feodor Keneman and Arseny Koreshchenko, who were two of Chaliapin’s favorite accompanists; and Rachmaninoff’s contemporary of genius Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915), who was in Rachmaninoff’s same class but as a day student.

First edition: 1957. Fifth, enlarged edition: 1988. RACHMANINOFF’S COMPLETE SONGS Early Years (1873–1892) 1. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was born into a gentry family of modest means in the spring of 1873, on a family estate near Novgorod. He spent his early boyhood in that flat river and lake country in the far north with its long winter nights and its white nights in summer, near the Volkhov River and Lake Ilmen, the scene of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Sadko. Novgorod is the oldest city in Great Russia, a city rich in medieval churches and monasteries on both sides of the river; on the right bank stands a large walled and towered Kremlin built around the eleventh-century Cathedral of St.

A family council called by his two aunts, Siloti’s mother and Aunt Varvara Satiná, also a sister of his father’s, considered the matter but could not agree that Sergei was their responsibility. The next day he moved in with Mikhail Slonov, a friend at the Conservatory who was five years older, and had his own rooms (B/L, 20). Varvara Satina and her husband had four children, two girls and two boys. Of the boys one was Sergei’s age and one eight years younger. The girls, Natalia (Natasha) and Sophia (Sonya), were younger than Sergei by four and six years.

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