Composer of the Week: Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev (Episodes 1-5)
A week of programmes dedicated to an under-praised Russian master
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev (1956-1915) was a composer dubbed by Tchaikovsky as 'the Russian Bach'. Also a pianist, theorist and teacher, he began his career as something of a child prodigy and was appointed director of Moscow Conservatoire at just 29.
Donald MacLeod welcomes Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson on to the programme to explore an extraordinary life of composing, performing and tutoring music.
When Taneyev attended the Conservatoire he became the first ever student to graduate with a gold medal in both performance and composition. And from being a student of Tchaikovsky, the composer went on to teach Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner and Glier at the conservatoire.
Later episodes delve into Taneyev’s opera writing, his reputation as a dry and academic composer, and the affect of romantic entanglements on the composer’s work.