The Russian composer describes his experiences in the musical life of the late nineteenth century, his role in the development of Russian nationalism in music, and his relations with his contemporaries...
|Title||:||My Musical Life|
|Publisher||:||Faber Faber March 1, 1990|
|Number of Pages||:||536 pages|
|File Size||:||588 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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My Musical Life Reviews
Despite being a classical music neophyte, I found this 1922 translation of Rimsky-Korsakoff's autobiography to be eminently readable and, other than the composition technicalities, to be quite engrossing. Beginning with his experiences as a naval cadet (which include his appreciation of Niagara Falls), this brilliant musician is never boastful or arrogant and provides thoughtful insights into the growth of Russian music, including the contributions and shortcomings of Balakirev, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Glazinov, Rimsky's pupil/assistant.
This is a very important book and inexpensive in a library binding and chucked full of information for anyone who wishes to know about Russian classical music and the military career of Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov and also touches on other great lives of a number of Russian composers of the nineteenth century. It also names names of Korsakov's major works both operatic (of which there are many) and symphonic literature. I first read "My Musical Life" some years ago and was very pleased to see that it was still available to the general public. It will be a very important part of my musical library.
In this book, Rimsky-Korsakov gives the inside story of his life and those of his fellow musicians. The book itself is very readable and very interesting for anybody interested in the history of music to read. There are many interesting references to musical works, pupils, and fellow composers such as Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. This book is an excellent account of a composer's life and legend. Recommended if you can find it!
It is almost never that a CD of music of Rimsky-Korsakov or any of the Russian five does not quotes a line or two from this autobiography.In it the composer himself tells about his life,works,and also about those that were fortunate enough to be close to him.He speaks of every aspect of his life with specific details....I wish to tell you more,but I would really like for you to read the book...