Sergey Taneyev

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev, remarkable Russian composer, pianist, teacher, scientist, and public figure in the world of music, was born in the ancient city of Vladimir in 1856. He started his piano studies at the age of five. In 1866, he entered Moscow Conservatory (which was opened the same year) and graduated in 1875 in the classes of P.I. Tchaikovsky (Composition, gold medal) and N. G. Rubinstein (Piano). In 1875–1880, the young musician often went abroad, and stayed for long periods in Paris where he made the acquaintance of I. Turgenev, G. Flaubert, E. Zola, C. Gounod, C. Franck, C. Saint–Saëns, and many others. From 1878 till 1905, Taneyev taught harmony, instrumentation, composition, counterpoint, and piano at Moscow Conservatory. He was its director from 1885 till 1889. Among Taneyev’s many students were Rachmaninoff, Skriabin, Medtner, and Gliere. He combined teaching with pianist activity. Sergey Ivanovich was one of the most outstanding pianists of his times. It was he who performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concert in Moscow for the first time. Taneyev as pianist had a tremendous repertoire and often appeared in ensembles.
Taneyev connected his fate as personality and musician with the musical life of Moscow and its Conservatory. Due to the amazing integrity and purity of his nature, Sergey Ivanovich was called “the conscience of musical Moscow” and its “apex”. He was absolutely respected by the musical community, mixing with representatives of both Moscow and Petersburg schools of composing with equal heartiness. He had vast knowledge in most diversified fields of human activity, and his friends were remarkable writers, painters, and scientists of his times. Taneyev was tied to Tchaikovsky in a longstanding sincere friendship, which manifested itself in several volumes of captivating correspondence. This is what Modest Tchaikovsky, brother of Piotr Tchaikovsky, says about Taneyev in his memoirs: “…Never in my long life have I met with a soul more perfectly pure than Sergey Ivanovich, and no one have I respected so deeply, so utterly and meaningfully for his harmonious combination of qualities triumphantly soaring above everything that belittles the human nature. Prominent artist, great teacher, and everyday person fused in Sergey Ivanovich into an integral and strictly balanced image clear as a flawless diamond.” Sergey Ivanovich died in Dyud’kovo Village near Moscow in 1915, having caught cold at the funeral of A. N. Skriabin. Taneyev’s music embodied the traditions of Glinka, Tchaikovsky, J. S. Bach, and composers of the Viennese school (primarily Beethoven). One of his greatest ideas in music was creation of a “Russian polyphony”, and the need for Russian music to live through a stage of contrapuntal development. He re–considered the meaning of several genres of Russian music (chamber compositions, lyrico–philosophical cantatas). Fugue was of a special importance for his creative work, where it may be found both as an independent opus and a part of an entire.
Taneyev probable had no peers in the composership level in Russian music. He was a perfect master of the polyphonic techniques of Bach and Renaissance composers, and of the art of large form architecture. His best compositions attract you with flawlessly finished details and the logic of the entire. One of the most important works of his life, the book titled “Invertible Counterpoint in the Strict Style” (1889 –1909), is of a colossal scientific and pedagogical value. The composer’s heritage of Taneyev is large in volume and diversified in genres. He composed Oresteia, an operatic trilogy after Aeschylus; numerous cantatas for orchestra, choir, and soloists, among which are the famous St. John of Damascus and Reading the Psalms; four symphonies; instrumental concertos; 22 opuses for chamber ensemble; over 60 songs for voice and piano; choral compositions; pieces for piano; arrangements of traditional songs, and piano transcriptions of works of other authors.
Instrumental chamber music is arguably the most important and meaningful part of Taneyev’s heritage, a peak of Russian classical music. None of his contemporaries felt such acute interest for chamber instrumentalism, resulting in interpretations so diversified. In the nearly forty years of his composing career, Taneyev wrote 22 instrumental ensembles for different sets of instruments. In this genre, he was unrivalled in Russia.
His string–and–bow ensembles splendidly demonstrate Taneyev’s knowledge of expressive resources of string instruments. In these, his inventiveness reached real heights, enchanting beauty of sound, and subtlety of color effects, let alone the polyphonic skill. Taneyev managed the secret of the quartet style in a free and virtuoso manner, applying the art of combining four voices on the basis of their complete equality, interaction, and fusion. The art of quartet was the domain where the strongest aspects of Taneyev’s artistic individuality — noble spirituality, sincerity and purity of lyrical emotion, subtle and profound intellectual culture — showed itself with the utmost fullness and perfection.
The composer created most of his quartets in his mature years, and only three quartets were written in his younger days. The author, ever demanding to himself, did not publish those early etudes, considering them imperfect. They were printed in 1952 for the first time.
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Prize-winners of the First International Sergei Taneyev Chamber Music Competition (CD)

Prize-winners of the First International Sergei Taneyev Chamber Music Competition (CD)

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Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Taneyev, Prokofiev, Szymanowski, Stravinsky - Historical Russian Archives - Maria Yudina Edition (CD)

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Organ Music by Moscow Composers – Pedagogues of Moscow Conservatoire: From the Sources to the Present (CD)

Organ Music by Moscow Composers – Pedagogues of Moscow Conservatoire: From the Sources to the Present (CD)

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Taneyev, Kastalsky - Anthology of Russian Symphony Music - Evgeny Svetlanov (CD)

Taneyev, Kastalsky - Anthology of Russian Symphony Music - Evgeny Svetlanov (CD)

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Taneyev, Mendelssohn - Piano Quintet Op.30 / Piano Quartet Op.3 - Tigran Alikhanov, Moscow String Quartet (CD)

Taneyev, Mendelssohn - Piano Quintet Op.30 / Piano Quartet Op.3 - Tigran Alikhanov, Moscow String Quartet (CD)

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S.I. Taneyev - Piano Concerto in E flat major (CD)

S.I. Taneyev - Piano Concerto in E flat major (CD)

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Taneyev - Symphony in C minor, Op. 12 / Scriabin - Piano concerto, Op. 20 - Mikhail Snitko, Andrei Korobeinikov (CD)

Taneyev - Symphony in C minor, Op. 12 / Scriabin - Piano concerto, Op. 20 - Mikhail Snitko, Andrei Korobeinikov (CD)

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Rachmaninov, Taneyev - Rosa Tamarkina, Vol. 1 (CD)

Rachmaninov, Taneyev - Rosa Tamarkina, Vol. 1 (CD)

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Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Musorgsky, Taneyev, Borodin, Verdi - Arias from Operas - Larisa Kurdiumova (CD)

Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Musorgsky, Taneyev, Borodin, Verdi - Arias from Operas - Larisa Kurdiumova (CD)

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Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 5 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 5 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

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Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 4 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 4 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

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Le Coq d'Or - Alexandre Brussilovsky (CD)

Le Coq d'Or - Alexandre Brussilovsky (CD)

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Sergey Taneyev - Complete Sting Quartets Volume 3 (CD)

Sergey Taneyev - Complete Sting Quartets Volume 3 (CD)

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Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 1 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 1 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

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Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 2 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

Taneyev - Complete String Quartets Vol. 2 - The Taneyev Quartet (CD)

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Taneyev - Symphony No. 2 B-Dur, Overture and scenes from the opera

Taneyev - Symphony No. 2 B-Dur, Overture and scenes from the opera "Orestea" - Vladimir Fedoseyev (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol.9 (CD)

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Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Dvorak, Taneyev, Balakirev, Tchaikovsky - Igor Politkovsky (CD)

Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Dvorak, Taneyev, Balakirev, Tchaikovsky - Igor Politkovsky (CD)

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Pesnopeniya Velikoy Vecheri - S. Taneev, A. Viskov, D. Stepanovich (CD)

Pesnopeniya Velikoy Vecheri - S. Taneev, A. Viskov, D. Stepanovich (CD)

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Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Arensky - Prize-winners of the Second Sergei Taneyev Chamber music competition (CD)

Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Arensky - Prize-winners of the Second Sergei Taneyev Chamber music competition (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 7 (CD)

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 7 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 6 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 5 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 4 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 3 (CD)

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 3 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 2 (CD)

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 2 (CD)

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 1 (CD)

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Taneyev Quartet: Vol. 1 (CD)

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Russian Symphonic Miniatures (CD)

Russian Symphonic Miniatures (CD)

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