Grove Dictionary of 1954
In 20 years, he'll be forgotten!
He ___ change and said ___
"They write with their head, I write with my heart"
Father married rich woman/ got a lot of estates/ but wasted all of money and left children/wife in poverty.
-Had supportive grandmother and was inspirational
St. Petersburg Academy of Music
They placed him here since they knew he had a lot of talent. He failed (changed report card grade- parents found out- from a letter saying he was expelled)
Zver'ev: nickname/ what did he do?
-Parents sent him to Moscow to study with Professor Zver'ev.
-Z accepted 3 students and made them practice, took them to concerts, didn't make them pay if poor
-He made Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff!
-R didn't really like it since he wanted to compose
-R wanted a private room to compose/ Z didn't accept his request/ got in fight
-For graduation exercise, each had to compose opera
-R got the words from Danchenko (GYPSIES!)
-R made impact on Tchaikovsky, got gold medal/ Z made up with him
T's reaction to his opera jumpstarted his career!
Played by St Petersbury Philharmonic by Glaznov (conductor), who was drunk--> went bad// R went into depression.
Sergei Koussevitzky (his ideas)
-Wanted to make personal symphony orchestra and Personal Publishing House to promote new artists
-Married rich woman so could afford it
K wanted R to approve the publishing of new music
Problems with Copyright?//K's house- what did it do?
Russia never signed copyright protection, so ppl in west could use it for free/ etc. Rach only got $15/prelude
-K's publishing house ensured copyright laws so composers could make a living