This study is the first to consider all three of Rachmaninoff's careers in detail. After surveying his place in Russian musical history and his creative activity, the author examines, with musical examples, each working chronological order against the background of the composer's life. Among the the many subjects upon which new light is shed are the operas, the songs, and the religious music. Rachmaninoff's remarkable career as a pianist, his style of playing and repertoire are analysed along with his historically important contribution to the gramophone and his work for the reproducing piano. The book includes a survey of his activity as a conductor. There are extensive references to Russian sources and the first appearance of a complete Rachmaninoff disconography is included. This book is the only comprehensive study in any language of the three aspects of Rachmaninoff's musical career and is a stimulating read for music lovers everywhere.
'..it can readily be understood and appreciated by the general music lover and musician alike, and fills a major gap in the literature on the composer in English.' TLS 'The book ought to find a place in all public and scholastic libraries. It has been beautifully produced in all respects', The Consort. '…an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of the development of music and it will be in demand as a resource by all serious students of the subject.' Luton News. '..a much-needed assessment of Rachmaninov which amply reflects Mr Martyn's painstaking research, devotion and skill and significantly extends our understanding of this protean musician'. Yorkshire Post
Contents: Introduction: Rachmaninoff the Composer: Rachmaninoff and Russian Musical History; Chronological Summary of Rachmaninoff's Principal Compositions; Rachmaninoff's Composing Career and Musical Style; Student Years, 1886-1892; Free Artist, 1892-1897; Moscow, 1897-1906; Dresden, 1906-1909; Ivanovka, 1909-1917; New World, 1917-1943; Rachmaninoff's Career as a Pianist; Concert Statistics; Rachmaninoff the Pianist: Rachmaninoff's Art as a Pianist; Piano Repertoire; Rachmaninoff and the Gramaphone; Discography; Rachmaninoff and the Reproducing Piano; Rachmaninoff's Career as a Conductor: Conducting Repertoire; Chronological List of Performances; Notes; Index of Rachmaninoff Works; Index of Persons and Works referred to in the Text.