Rachmaninov and His World, Bullock
Author: Philip Ross Bullock
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (2022)
One of the most popular classical composers of all time, Sergei Rachmaninov has often been dismissed by critics as a conservative, nostalgic holdover of the nineteenth century and a composer fundamentally hostile to musical modernism. The original essays collected here show how he was more responsive to aspects of contemporary musical life than is often thought, and how his deeply felt sense of Russianness coexisted with an appreciation of American and European culture. In particular, the essays document his involvement with intellectual and artistic circles in prerevolutionary Moscow and how the form of modernity they promoted shaped his early output.
This volume represents one of the first serious explorations of Rachmaninov’s successful career as a composer, pianist and conductor, first in late Imperial Russia, and then after emigration in both the United States and interwar Europe. Shedding light on some unfamiliar works, especially his three operas and his many songs, the book also includes a substantial number of new documents illustrating Rachmaninov’s celebrity status in America.
About Philip Ross Bullock:
Philip Ross Bullock is professor of Russian literature and music at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor in Russian at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and coeditor of Music's Nordic Breakthrough: Modernity, Aesthetics and Cultural Exchange, 1890-1930, with Daniel M. Grimley.