Heinrich Neuhaus
Title Details

20th August 2018

268 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

9 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Heinrich Neuhaus

A Life beyond Music

by Maria Razumovskaya

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The first critical study of the life and distinctive artistic vision of Heinrich Neuhaus, a legendary pianist-pedagogue widely considered one of the leading shapers of the renowned Russian piano tradition.
Heinrich Neuhaus (1888-1964) was one of the most charismatic and sought after pianist-pedagogues of the twentieth century, earning a formidable reputation in the West as one of the pillars of Russian pianism through the success ofhis star pupils Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter, and his book About the Art of Piano Playing.

Maria Razumovskaya's Heinrich Neuhaus: A Life beyond Music is the first critical study of this masterful artist. It explores what went on in his teaching studio but also seeks to understand the vibrant circumstances that underpinned Neuhaus's unique outlook and approach. These circumstances include his formative years of study in Europealongside Karol Szymanowski (his cousin) and the renowned pianist Artur Rubinstein, the turbulence of life during the Russian Civil War, Neuhaus's meteoric rise to fame in Moscow, and his lifelong friendship with the poet Boris Pasternak.

Razumovskaya's book draws on previously unseen documents relating to Neuhaus's arrest and imprisonment in the infamous Lubyanka for criticizing the Soviet regime. By revealing how these influences helped form Neuhaus's distinct vision of a performer's subjectivity -- what he called an artist's "autopsychography" -- the book emphasizes important aesthetic principles and practices that were adopted by creative artists eager to escape the banality and limitations imposed by Socialist Realism.

MARIA RAZUMOVSKAYA, a recital pianist and researcher, teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Introduction
Cosmopolitan Wanderings
A Return to Russia
Becoming a Poet of a Belated Silver Age
Heinrich the Great: Between Russian and International Musings
Not Ordinary Pedagogy
Conclusion
Discography
Select Glossary of Names
Bibliography
"2019 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title" .
"Drawing on rare materials from Russian archives and libraries, Razumovskaya . . . has assembled a brilliantly detailed and meticulously researched picture of piano pedagogue and performer Heinrich Neuhaus. Highly Recommended." CHOICE
"A fascinating read and worth a look for anyone interested in Russian/Soviet culture and music in the first half of the twentieth century." EUROPEAN HISTORY QUARTERLY
"Wayward, fiery and unpredictable, Heinrich Neuhaus approached his playing and teaching with the air of an eccentric and intemperate philosopher...[he] left a righteous pianistic legacy." INTERNATIONAL PIANO

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Title Details

20th August 2018

268 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

9 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press