By Philip S. Taylor
The 1st sleek biography in English of Russian composer-pianist Anton Rubinstein, this e-book areas Rubinstein in the context of Russian and western ecu musical tradition throughout the overdue nineteenth century, exploring his upward thrust to overseas reputation from humble origins in Bessarabia, in addition to his next speedy decline and marginalization in later musical tradition. Taylor offers a balanced account of Rubinstein’s existence and his occupation as a piano virtuoso, conductor, composer, and because the founding father of Russia’s first conservatory. largely thought of the virtuosic inheritor to Liszt, and well-known the world over as an an identical cultural icon, he played with such a lot best musicians of the day, together with Liszt himself, Joachim, Clara Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens, and Ysaÿe.
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His ¤rst major concert took place at the Salle Pleyel on 23 March 1841, when he performed: Villoing: Allegro from the Piano Concerto in C minor30 Thalberg: Fantasy on Russian themes, Op. 17 Beethoven–Liszt: Adelaida Liszt: Grand Galop Chromatique Besides solo playing, Anton also took part in several concerts with other artists. On 25 April he appeared with Jacques Offenbach at a time when the future composer of Les Contes d’Hofmann was still striving to become a cello virtuoso, and together they played the second and third movements of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A.
15 His ¤rst initiative was to set up a smithy and an enterprise to manufacture wire. Afterward he organized an enterprise to manufacture pins and pencils that at one time employed seventy workers. The workshop was situated on the ground ®oor of a small stone building, and the family occupied the rooms above. Grigory Romanovich seems to have been industrious and capable but overly trusting in his business affairs, too good-hearted, even sentimental. He was often thought to be a poet and a dreamer, and consequently lacked the qualities needed to make his business thrive.
But this did not last long. Soon we moved to Ordïnka in the Zamoskvorechye. It was here in Ordïnka where father split up with his brother and his brother’s wife’s brother. 14 By this time the household had been enlarged by the birth of a daughter, Lyubov, in the early 1830s, and by Nikolay who was born in Moscow on 2/14 June 1835. The Rubinsteins eventually settled in the Zamoskvorechye, an area of Moscow traditionally associated with the manufacture of goods, such as linen and canvas, much of it supplied to the royal court.
Anton Rubinstein: A Life in Music (Russian Music Studies) by Philip S. Taylor