“ The Shaggy Maestro”

R. Allen Lott

in From Paris to Peoria

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195148831
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869695 | DOI:
“ The Shaggy Maestro”

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The pianist whose American visit was by far the most spectacular was Anton Rubinstein (1829-94), whose tour in 1872-3, in conjunction with the Polish violinist Henryk Wieniawski (1835-80), was sponsored by the Steinway piano firm. Rubinstein offered a wide-ranging historical repertoire, focusing on the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann; he also presented a healthy dose of his own compositions. His performances were frequently technically flawed but filled with passion and never failed to excite his audiences.

Keywords: Anton Rubinstein; Henryk Wieniawski; Steinway pianos; Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Chopin; Schumann

Chapter.  7181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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