|Music Of Yesterday - Bringing the musical thoughts and feelings of yesterday into today...|
|Home > Biographies > R|
Rachmaninoff, Sergi Vassilievitch
Born in Novgorod, Russia, in 1873. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where Arenski (theory) and Biloti (pianoforte) were among his instructors. His writings include concertos, quartets, a "Prelude", and the cantata "Spring".
Raff, Joseph Joachim
Born in Lachen, on the lake of Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 1822.
He was self-taught in composition and violin playing. In 1843 he sent some MSS. to Mendelssohn, who recommended them for publication. After Mendelssohn's death in 1847, Raff entered at Stuttgart upon a course of severe study. Here he began the composition of "Konig Alfred", an opera that was produced at Weimar (where he resided from 1850) under Liszt's direction with entire success. IN 1856 Raff removed to Wiesbaden, where he gained high reputation as a teacher. He remained here till 1877, when he was made director of the Hoch Conservatory at Frankfort-on-the-Main. This office he held until his death. Raff's published compositions number over 200, including ten symphonies, quartets, concertos, sonatas, and songs. His work in uneven, but at its best displays great fertility of invention and remarkable technical skill.
He died in Frankfort, June 25, 1882.
Ravina, Jean Henri
Born in Bordeaux, France, May 20, 1818.
In 1831 he was entered at the Paris Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Laurent (theory) and Zimmermann (pianoforte), and where he became an assistant instructor. In 1837 he left the Conservatory in order to teach and compose in Paris. In this city he remained nearly all his life, his only departures of note being a journey to Russia in 1853, and to Spain in 1861. His compositions consist almost exclusively of salon pieces.
Born in Altona, Germany (then a town of Denmark), June 23, 1824.
His father, who was also a musician, trained his son so early that at eleven years of age Karl was able to perform satisfactorily in public. When nineteen he made a concert-tour through Sweden and Denmark, and in 1843-46 studied in Leipzig. In 1846-48 he was court pianist to Christian VIII., of Denmark. From 1851 to 1854 he was an instructor in the Cologne Conservatory, from 1854 to 1859 music director at Barmen, and in 1859-60 director of the Singakademie, Breslau. In 1860-95 he was conductor of the Gewandhaus concerts in Leipzig and professor of compositions at the Conservatory. Reinecke's compositions are very numerous, including operas, choral works, symphonies, string quartets, quintets, trios, and sonatas for piano and strings, many smaller pianoforte works, songs and part-songs, and concertos for the piano, the violin, and the violoncello.
Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel
Rimsky-Korsakoff, Nicholas Andreivitch
Roeckel, Joseph Leopold
Born in London, April 11, 1838
He studied in Wurzburg and Weimar under Eisenhofer and Gotze. Afterward he settled in Bristol, and later in Clifton, England, as a teacher and pianist. Among his compositions are cantatas, songs, and pianoforte pieces.
Born in Wechwotynecz (Kherson), Russia, November 30, 1830
His teachers were his mother and Villoing in Moscow. He performed in Paris in 1840, and immediately after went on a tour through England, Holland, and Germany. In 1844-46 he studied in Berlin; in 1848 returned to Russia and was appointed pianist to the Grand Duchess Helena. He organized the Russian Musical Society in 1861, and in 1862 founded the St. Petersburg Conservatory, of which he was director in 1862-67 and 1887-90. In 1872-73 he made a very successful tour through the United States. He was among the foremost of piano virtuosi. His works include operas ("Feramors", "Nero", "Dimitri Donskoi"), symphonies ("Ocean", "Dramatic"), oratorios ("Paradise Lost", "The Tower of Babel"), over 100 songs, and much pianoforte music.
He died in Peterhof, Russia, November 20, 1894.
Bookmark & Share
|Biographies: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | O | P | R | S | T | V | W | Y|
|Copyright Music Of Yesterday, All Rights Reserved|