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Anton Rubinstein said he was sorry that Liszt never recorded his playing, and then he did not record his own.

Tchaikovsky wrote his first concerto for Nikolai, who said it was unplayable. So he changed the dedication for Von Bülow, who premiered it in Boston. (The other important work that was premiere in Boston was Brahms' first trio.)


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I think that the Wiki article on Anton Rubinstein makes interesting reading and places him in context (assuming the article is accurate) rather well. There it says, btw., his influences where Schumann and Mendelssohn, and of course that he influenced Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky (a pupil of his at one stage). He appears to have been an influential figure in Russian music, and tbh I find him rather interesting - pity there aren't recordings of his playing from all those years ago; they'd be fascinating. So, I guess, one could say I am 'for' rather than 'against' when it comes to him and his works even if at times he was 'less than perfect' and can take some 'getting into.'
Like I mentioned earlier, it is sad that he is less well-known, but of course if one searches for 'Rubinstein' or A Rubinstein' on the internet it is usually Arthur who turns up!
Josef Hofman's book "Piano Playing with Piano Questions Answered" has a whole chapter about Rubinstein. It seems he was an interesting teacher for younger pianists.

One of the anecdotes I remember from the book is that Rubinstein always had a completely out of tune Bechstein in his room, but he didn't seem to notice or care.

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Originally Posted by 3am_stargazing
One of the anecdotes I remember from the book is that Rubinstein always had a completely out of tune Bechstein in his room, but he didn't seem to notice or care.

Apparently it was so badly tuned it was hard to know what was being played on it.

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One of the anecdotes I remember from the book is that Rubinstein always had a completely out of tune Bechstein in his room, but he didn't seem to notice or care.

Apparently it was so badly tuned it was hard to know what was being played on it.
Great for covering mistakes!


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Have any of you read Rubinstein's book, A Conversation on Music?


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Have any of you read Rubinstein's book, A Conversation on Music?
Nope. I've had a quick look on Amazon. Interesting, I guess, but I don't think I'll buy it.


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On page 259, he says, "That Sergei Vasilyevich brat keeps sneaking into my studio and stealing things!" smile

Technically that is true, because there is no page 259.


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Originally Posted by johnstaf
Originally Posted by 3am_stargazing
One of the anecdotes I remember from the book is that Rubinstein always had a completely out of tune Bechstein in his room, but he didn't seem to notice or care.

Apparently it was so badly tuned it was hard to know what was being played on it.
I got the impression from that book that he was quite a character.


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Originally Posted by BDB
On page 259, he says, "That Sergei Vasilyevich brat keeps sneaking into my studio and stealing things!" smile

Technically that is true, because there is no page 259.
I found that joke very funny. grin

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