Trenton, 8. Juli 1900 - New York City, 12. Februar 1959

"Time is the canvas of music rather than tonality, atonality or no tonality at all."
George Antheil, 1950

George Antheil created in 1925 an exceptional work for 16 pianolas and percussion instruments: his Ballet Mécanique - Ballet pour Instruments Mécaniques et Percussion, which caused a huge scandal at the premiere in Paris. Antheil - the "Bad Boy of Music" - continued to compose for piano again and again. A fascinating document is his own recording of his "Valentine Waltzes" for piano from the year 1949. This is the only surviving piano recording with the composer playing himself.

 

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London, July 9, 1906 -  London, April 14, 1983

"Few composers today are blessed with Lutyens' blend of success combined with deep humility; she frequently said that it was work itself which stimulated her imagination and this is demonstrated in her large and extremely varied output. Let us hope that her greatest music will always be appreciated by the aware of each generation and that they may derive pleasure and solace from its unique expressive world."
Robert Saxton - 1996 (quote from www.uymp.co.uk).

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21.05.1950 Leningrad

"But usually composing means self-expression, touch with beauty, connection to the immaterial world. The composers - of course not all - have much in common with priests and gardeners. "

Elena Firsova

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13.07.1856, Wladimir - 06.07.1915, Djutkowo

Taneyev is known as the composition teacher of Rachmaninoff, Glière and Scriabin. His Piano Quintet Op.30 and Piano Trio Op.22 remain popular chamber music compositions to this day. The Prelude & Fugue in G sharp minor Op.29 from 1910 is his best-known composition for solo piano .. Very worth listening! Taneyev's Piano Concerto was first performed in 1998.

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