Contents: List of plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1880-1900 Childhood and conservatoire; 1900-1903 Start of a career; 1903-1906 Personal turmoil; 1906-1909 German sojourn; 1909-1911 Conservatoire professor; 1911-1914 Friends and critics; 1914-1917 War; 1917-1921 Revolution; 1921-1925 A life abroad; 1925-1927 Return to Russia; 1927-1930 Britain and America; 1930-1935 The Muse and the Fashion; 1935-1939 Move to England; 1939-1945 Second World War; 1945-1951 Indian Fairy Tale; Notes; Index of Medtner's Works; Index of persons and works referred to in the text.
'Martyn's sympathetic and interesting biography; with its excellent descriptions of Medtner's music, is well worth exploring.' Robin Zebaida, Classical Music 'All enthusiasts will want a copy and all libraries should have one.' Musical Times 'Martyn always has some useful insights to offer; above all, because he is devoted to Medtner's music, knows it intimately and can write about it with an enthusiasm that is both infectious and sensitive, his attractively written book should help foster a climate favourable to the production of a truly definitive study of Medtner. Meanwhile, for the foreseeable future it will do its subject's cause excellent service.' Music and Letters '... a comprehensive monograph that helps to restore Medtner's name to the pages of music history.' Clavier Magazine