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From Paris to PeoriaHow European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland$
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R. Allen Lott

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.001.0001

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“ The Shaggy Maestro”

“ The Shaggy Maestro”

(p.171) CHAPTER 10 “ The Shaggy Maestro”
From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

The pianist whose American visit was by far the most spectacular was Anton Rubinstein (1829-94), whose tour in 1872-3, in conjunction with the Polish violinist Henryk Wieniawski (1835-80), was sponsored by the Steinway piano firm. Rubinstein offered a wide-ranging historical repertoire, focusing on the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann; he also presented a healthy dose of his own compositions. His performances were frequently technically flawed but filled with passion and never failed to excite his audiences.

Keywords:   Anton Rubinstein, Henryk Wieniawski, Steinway pianos, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann

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