Anton Rubinstein

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The first modern biography in English of Russian composer-pianist Anton Rubinstein, this book places Rubinstein within the context of Russian and western European musical culture during the late 19th century, exploring his rise to international fame from humble origins in Bessarabia, as well as his subsequent rapid decline and marginalization in later musical culture. Taylor provides a balanced account of Rubinstein’s life and his career as a piano virtuoso, conductor, composer, and as the founder of Russia’s first conservatory. Widely considered the virtuosic heir to Liszt, and recognized internationally as an equivalent cultural icon, he performed with most leading musicians of the day, including Liszt himself, Joachim, Clara Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens, and Ysaÿe.

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Philip S. Taylor, who died in 2007, was a member of the Institute of Translating and Interpreting, United Kingdom.

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Contents
Foreword by Leslie Howard
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on Transliteration
List of Abbreviations for Sources

1. Prologue: The Historical Context
2. Return to Russia and First Opera, 184853
3. Foreign Tour, 185459
4. The Founding of the Russian Music Society and Russia's First Conservatory, 185967
5. Europe and America Concert Tour, 186773
6. A Villa at Peterhof and Operatic Successes, 187385
7. The Historical Concerts and Second Term as Director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, 188591
8. Dresden, 189194

Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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". . . this is a valuable, much—needed and important study. . . I for one take my hat off to the author for a remarkable achievement." —Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone"All too often composers who are out of favor are given cursory scholarly attention or sometimes only a brief tome asserting the need for a revival of interest. British scholar Philip Taylor takes a great leap beyond this with his thorough, engaging account of the life of the unjustly forgotten composer—pianist Anton Rubinstein (1829—94). . . . [T]his book will appeal as much to the music scholar as to the music lover seeking to learn more about a unique and understudied artist. . . . Highly recommended." —Choice". . . Intended for the lay reader, this densely footnoted but readable book features no musical analysis. It is a triumph of modern musicological scholarship recommended for all music libraries." —Library Journal
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