Sergei Taneyev

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Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev (also Taneev or Taneiev, Russian: Сергей Иванович Танеев, Sergej Ivanovič Taneev ; ), was a Russian composer, pianist, teacher of composition, music theorist and author.


Taneyev was born in Vladimir, to a cultured and literary family of Russian nobility. A distant cousin, Alexander Taneyev, was also a composer, whose daughter, Anna Vyrubova, was highly influential at court. Alexander was drawn closely to the nationalist school of music, while Sergei would gravitate toward a more cosmopolitan outlook.Brown, New Grove, 18:558.

He began taking piano lessons at age five with a private teacher. His family moved to Moscow in 1865. The following year, the nine-year-old Taneyev entered the Moscow Conservatory. His first piano teacher at the Conservatory was Edward Langer. After a year's interruption in his studies, Taneyev studied again with Langer. He also joined the theory class of Nikolai Hubert and, most importantly, the composition class of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In 1871, Taneyev studied piano with the Conservatory's founder, Nikolai Rubinstein.Bakst, James, A History of Russian-Soviet Music (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1966, 1962), 244.

Taneyev graduated in 1875, the first student in the history of the Conservatory to win the gold medal both for composition and for...
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