A modern composer linked to the great Russian tradition of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky, Alexander Tcherepnin produced a substantial body of work-both compositions and writings-that is of interest to music scholars as well as performers. Although his works are better known and more frequently performed in Europe, Tcherepnin made a unique contribution to the U.S. musical scene in the 1950s and 1960s as a teacher of composition at De Paul University in Chicago. This volume provides detailed information on his life and accomplishments, together with a catalogue of his works and performances and a complete bibliography.
The first section offers an account of the composer's life and musical education in Russia and Paris and his subsequent career in the United States. It concludes with a critical analysis of his musical style. The catalogue is followed by separate alphabetical, chronological, and genre listings of the composer's works. The final sections are devoted to a discography of commercially available sound recordings and an annotated bibliography of writing by and about Tcherepnin. A series of appendixes contains valuable additional information on Tcherepnin's life and accomplishments, as well as data relating to the musicaal careers of his father, his two sons, and several of his composition students who have become recognized composers in their own right. This work, which incorporates the first detailed English-language biography of Alexander Tcherepnin, will be a valuable resource for scholars, music educators, and musicians with an interest in Russian music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Preface Biography Works and Performances Discography Bibliography Appendixes Index
Reviews Through researching the literature, as well as interviewing the widow, sons, and various acquaintances of Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977), Arias has written a biography and assembled a bibliography on that Russian composer, who taught at DePaul University in the 1950s and 1960s. Arrangement and content consists of a 50-page biography with notes; a chronological list of works with details of composition and performances and notes on the music itself; a discography and annotated bibliography; appendixes, and index. The eight appendixes constitute about one third of the book, the first being a 35-page biography, criticism, and bibliography of Nicolai Tcherepnin, Alexander's influential composer father. Subsequent appendixes include various excerpts of Alexander Tcherpnin's writings. Many examples of music are included for both father and son in the biography sections. Coding of various sections plus indexing allows effortless use. The work is printed on acid-free paper with sewn binding. A valuable source of information about this Russian composer, popular in Europe but relatively unknown in the US despite his years of residence in Chicago.—Choice