Heinrich Neuhaus

August 2018
9 black and white, 4 line illustrations
268 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580469326
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS023030, MUS050000, HIS032000

Heinrich Neuhaus

A Life beyond Music

Maria Razumovskaya

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 of his 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 Europe alongside 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.

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Table of Contents

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
Select Glossary of Names


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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