Personalities | Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev | Late Romantic | Classical

(Sâr’-ga E-va-no’-vich Ta-na’-yof) 1856–1915
Russian composer

Taneyev studied in Moscow with Nicolai Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky, a lifelong friend. He gave the Moscow premieres of all Tchaikovsky’s piano concertos and in 1878 succeeded him at the Conservatory, becoming director, 1885–89. His music was, like Tchaikovsky’s, cosmopolitan, especially skilful in his use of Bachian counterpoint (about which he wrote a book) applied to Russian folk-like themes. He excelled in large-scale works, such as the opera Oresteia (1894), the masterly Symphony No. 4 in C minor (1898), dedicated to Glazunov, and much chamber music. An influential teacher, he included among his pupils Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915), Rachmaninov, Sergey Lyapunov (1859–1924) and Glière.

Recommended Recording:
Piano Quintet, Piano Trio, Vadim Repin, Lynn Harrell, Mikhail Pletnev, et al (Deutsche Grammophon)

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