The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin. Anatole Leikin


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Contents: Preface; The music of Scriabin: then and now; Scriabin's performing style; Case studies I: the Welte rolls; Case studies II: the Phonola rolls; Some thoughts on Scriabin and romantic performing traditions; Bibliography; Index.

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Anatole Leikin is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His scholarly research, published worldwide in various musicological journals and essay collections, explores such topics as Romantic performance practice; early tonality; structural and hermeneutic analysis; the music of Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Granados. Professor Leikin regularly performs as a solo and chamber pianist, fortepianist, and harpsichordist. He has also recorded piano works of Scriabin, Chopin, and Cope, and serves as an editor for The Complete Chopin - A New Critical Edition..


'Carefully written, filled with interesting sidelights, and rich in detail, this book includes an excellent bibliography and three interesting photo/figures... Highly recommended.' Choice '... the best of the piano roll transcriptions do throw interesting light on his practices and enable modern musicians to understand better the immense following he enjoyed as a pianist. One of the most striking points of comparison is the discrepancy between the published scores and the piano roll recordings, the latter being far more complex than the music from which modern pianists play... [a] thorough, groundbreaking work... This study deserves to be read by pianists, critics and musicologists who take a serious interest in the Romantic tradition.' Slavonic and East European Review '... fascinating book... Leikin’s commentaries on the nine short pieces and two sonatas presented in this way are a model of detailed observation and sensitive commentary, picking their way through a minefield of possible objections and alternative explanations.' Music and Letters"Leikin provides a wealth of important observations based on his analyses of Scriabin's performance practice... meticulous and groundbreaking study... the prose is of high quality, very readable and clear, and the insights into Scriabin performance that Leikin provides are numerous and special... Leikin's achievement here is undeniably significant." Notes

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