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Николай Карлович Метнер


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(Russian: Николай Карлович Метнер; 5 January 1880 [O.S. 24 December 1879] – 13 November 1951) was a composer and pianist.

A younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin, he wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which include the piano. His works include fourteen piano sonatas, three violin sonatas, three piano concerti, a piano quintet, two works for two pianos, many shorter piano pieces, a few shorter works for violin and piano, and 108 songs including two substantial works for vocalise. His 38 Skazki (generally known as “Fairy Tales” in English but more correctly translated as “Tales”) for piano solo contain some of his most original music and are as central to his output as the piano sonatas.

The youngest of five children, Nikolai Medtner was born in Moscow on Christmas Eve 1879, according to the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. The Gregorian calendar, in use in the West at the time, and by which all dates are calculated today, gives his date of birth as 5 January 1880.

Medtner first took piano lessons from his mother until the age of ten. He also had lessons from his mother’s brother Fyodor Goedicke (the father of his more famous cousin Alexander Goedicke). Then he entered the Moscow Conservatory. He graduated in 1900 at the age of 20, taking the Anton Rubinstein prize, having studied under Pavel Pabst, Wassily Sapellnikoff, Vasily Safonov and Sergei Taneyev among others.

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  • lasm2000

    Just for the record: this is Nikolai Medtner, Shame for Spotify and its weird cyrillic tags. His piano concertos 2,3 and the sonatas are wonderful and highly recommended for anyone who likes Rachmaninoff or Brahms. His "fairy tales" are also wonderful chamber music.

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Taxes

    this guy's songs are great

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
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  • Taxes

    lastfm tags are so fucked up

    1 Oct 2010 Reply