Sergey Taneyev


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(b Govt. of Vladimir, 1856; d Dyudkovo, 1915).

Russ. composer and pianist. Début as pianist 1875. Gave f. Moscow p. of Tchaikovsky's B♭ minor conc. Dec. 1875. Toured with violinist Auer 1876. Prof. of instrumentation Moscow Cons. 1878, then of pf. and later of comp. 1881–7, dir., 1885–9, prof. of counterpoint 1889–1905. Opponent of nationalist sch. in Russia. Student of works of Ockeghem, Desprès, and Lassus. Wrote books on theory. Completed vocal version of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. Wrote opera Oresteya (1887–94); 4 syms. (No.1 in E minor, 1874; No.2 in B♭, 1877–8, orch. Blok 1974; No.3 in D minor, 1884; No.4 in C minor, 1898); Overture on Russian Themes; choral works; 10 str. qts.; much other chamber mus.; songs.

Subjects: Music.

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