Yevgeny Mravinsky: The Noble Conductor

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September 2005



This biography of Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988) examines a period and culture rarely dealt with by contemporary scholars. The last of a long line of distinguished Russian aristocrats, Mravinsky emerges from 20th century musical history as Russia's noble conductor. His connection to many prominent musicians--most notably Dmitri Shostakovich--and his life as conductor with the Leningrad Philharmonic provide unique insight into the Soviet music world. Furthermore, the book contains an interview with Andrey Zolotov, a chronology, and a selected discography.


Part 1 Chronology Chapter 2 1. The Mrovinksys Chapter 3 2. "Zhenya" Chapter 4 3. The Conservatoire Chapter 5 4. "A Future Conductor of World Class" Chapter 6 5. The Leningrad Philharmonic Chapter 7 6. The Year 1937 Chapter 8 7. The Chief Conductor Chapter 9 8. Evacuation Chapter 10 9. The Great War Chapter 11 10. The Great Victory Chapter 12 11. The Year 1953 Chapter 13 12. Inna Chapter 14 13. The Unfortunate Thirteenth Chapter 15 14. The Years of Crisis Chapter 16 15. The Patriarch Chapter 17 16. The Last Concerts Part 18 Appendix A: Andrey Zolotov Interview of Yevgeny Mravinsky Part 19 Appendix B: Selected Discography Part 20 Bibliography Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Author


Gregor Tassie has written numerous articles on music and performance in magazines such as The Gramophone, Musical Opinion, and Classical Record Collector, has worked on research projects for the BBC and documentary films, and has contributed notes for CD programs. Mr. Tassie presently teaches in Glasgow.


This biography is highly recommended for all conductors, students of conducting, musicologists, and for the collections of academic and public libraries with larger music sections. It is a must read for music historians. American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) ...[a] fascinating new biography, which fleshes out our knowledge of one of the most mysterious icons of 20th-century music. Financial Times ...extensive use of first-hand research and impressive marshalling of Russian-language sources, including material from the conductor's own diaries... Gramophone ...an extraordinary story of this musical obsessive... Classical Music Tassie, who has worked in the music world for many years, offers a biography of Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988) that reveals his connection to many prominent musicians. His most notable friendship was with Dmitri Shostakovich, whose music Mravinsky promoted at a time when Shostakovich was being criticized by the Soviet government. In addition to providing insight into the Soviet music world, the book follows Mravinsky's life and musical career throughout the twentieth century, as conductor with the Leningrad Philharmonic. The book also contains an interview with Andrey Zolotov, a chronology, and a selected discography. Reference and Research Book News
EAN: 9780810854277
ISBN: 0810854279
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2005
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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