Composer of the Week: Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev (Episodes 1-5)

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A week of programmes dedicated to an under-praised Russian master

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:00

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.