Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music (Russian Music Studies) Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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About the Author
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.
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Despite being one of the finest pianists of his generation and revered as a composer by the mass public (if not all the critics), Rachmaninov was riddled with insecurity for much of his life, going back to the failure of his First Symphony.
This book reveals all the turbulent events in his life, from the uprising in Russia, to his eventual departure for good in 1917, when the composer lived in Western Europe and America for the rest of his life. Forced to become a concert pianist to fund his lifestyle in the west, Rachmaninov's composition suffered considerably for the latter part of his life, but for those who were lucky enought to have heard him play, he went on to become one of the finest pianists that ever lived.
This is more of a general biography of the composer's life than an academic analysis of his music (more recent biographies by Harrison and Martyn cover this area in more detail), but it remains a fascinating, accessible and enjoyable account of the private life of this remarkable man.
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An enjoyable read but found the American English translations clumsy e.g Rachmaninoff "wrote somebody" excluding the preposition "to"!Otherwise a fascinating book.Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mrs Lady
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