Personalities | Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev | Late Romantic | Classical
(Me’-le Al-yek-sa’-ye-vich Ba-la’-ke-ref) 1837–1910
Balakirev’s early piano fantasy on Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar won Glinka’s approval in 1855 and in appreciation Glinka gave Balakirev two Spanish melodies, later reworked in the Spanish Serenade. Balakirev performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto before the Tsar, a highlight of a virtuoso career that culminated with his Chopin Anniversary recital in Warsaw in 1894. From the 1850s, Balakirev guided and inspired the nationalist group known as ‘The Five’. He succeeded his conservative rival Rubinstein as conductor of the Russian Musical Society and promoted educational reforms as Director of the Free School of Music and later of the Imperial Court Chapel in St Petersburg. His best-known work is the oriental fantasy for piano Islamey (1869), which combines Listzian virtuosity with exotic modes and chromaticism. That synthesis also colours his many songs and orchestral works, such as the Overture on Three Russian Themes, the tone-poem Tamara (1882), and two symphonies of his final years. It was left to Balakirev’s last pupil, Sergey Lyapunov (1859–1924), to complete his Piano Concerto No. 2, begun 50 years earlier in 1862.
Symphony No. 1 in C, USSR State Symphony Orchestra (cond) Yevgeni Svetlanov (Melodiya)
An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...
Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.
The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.
Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers
his life, music, art and movies, with a
sweep of incredible photographs.